Nick Kyrgios: 'I thought the US Open was a big chance'

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Nick Kyrgios: 'I thought the US Open was a big chance'

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver acknowledged that Nick Kyrgios has the game to compete for the biggest accolades, but added that he felt the Aussie just didn't think he could beat Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

Kyrgios, 27, has played the tennis of a lifetime this season as he reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon. In his first Grand Slam final, Kyrgios put in a strong performance against Novak Djokovic, but the Serb found a way to beat the Australian in four sets.

"Kyrgios has all the skill in the world, all the hitting you could ever want," Laver said of Kyrgios, according to Tennis365. "He's probably one of the biggest servers in the game. He's precise, he knows how to play under pressure.

I loved that he got to the final, but I didn't think he could win Wimbledon. In my mind, I said, 'Hey, do your best performance. You might surprise yourself.' A month or two later, I told him, 'You can win some of these matches.

Why don't you apply yourself, man?' I think that made him feel good. He realized that he was good enough, that he could do it. That was the best thing that happened to him." This past weekend, Kyrgios did not represent the world team at the Laver Cup.

Laver was disappointed in Kyrgios' absence from the Laver Cup, but believes we will certainly see more of the 27-year-old's great tennis in the near future. "Unfortunately, he said that he wanted to go back to Australia and not play the Laver Cup," Laver added.

"But he knows he can play and compete now. He doesn't walk onto the court thinking, 'If I get three matches, that's enough.' Now he's thinking, 'Next year? Wimbledon? You're going to see a different player.' "

Kyrgios had a good season

Before entering the competition in Tokyo where he will face the Taiwanese Chun-Hsin Tseng (87th), Nick Kyrgios answered a few questions from journalists.

He looked back on his last match, his five-set loss to Karen Khachanov in the US Open quarter-finals. He admitted to having trouble recovering. “I thought the US Open was a big chance, obviously that game hurt me a lot because I really thought I was the favorite after beating Medvedev.

Now I just have to wait for the Australian Open, but I just want to keep my form, I just want to keep playing well. I'm doing everything right and I think I can win a Grand Slam, that's for sure," said the 20th in the world.