Nick Kyrgios: 'He's a complete role model'

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Nick Kyrgios: 'He's a complete role model'

Nick Kyrgios was one of the players to beat at Wimbledon and the US Open. The Australian reached his first Major final in London and was among the favorites in New York after dethroning Daniil Medvedev. Nick set his sights on the title, but suffered a close quarter-final loss to Karen Khachanov after a great battle.

The Aussie can't wait for January and the Australian Open, working hard on his game and looking forward to winning a Major title in the future. Nick was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2014 and the Australian Open six months later, scoring notable wins and hoping for more in years to come.

Instead, Kyrgios couldn't tame his temper and stay focused in best-of-five matches, struggling to play at his best and losing before the quarterfinals. Nick changed that in 2022, taking his tennis seriously and returning to the top-20.

Kyrgios skipped Roland Garros and threw it all on his beloved grass at the All England Club. The Aussie barely survived an early test on Paul Jubb, beating the World No. 219 in five sets and eliminating World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas to extend his streak.

Kyrgios outclassed Brandon Nakashima in five sets and defeated Cristian Garin to find himself in the first Major semi-final. Nick did not play against Rafael Nadal, who withdrew before the clash with an abdominal injury. Thus, Nick stepped on Center Court against Novak Djokovic in his first Major final.

The Australian won the first set before losing the next three, giving his best but settling for runner-up. Kyrgios was ready for more at the US Open, beating defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round and dreaming of going all the way.

Nick faced Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals and suffered a heartbreaking 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 loss in three hours and 39 minutes.

Kyrgios had a good season

After posting a few souvenir photos on Instagram in which he appears, younger, alongside Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios spoke at greater length about the retirement of the Swiss.

He pays a strong and touching tribute to the one he beat once in seven confrontations. “He is the best player who has ever held a racquet and the most natural player who has ever been seen. People took Federer for granted.

His way of playing, what he's done for the sport, the fans, the people, his role as a role model, his foundations, his work, I think overall he's a complete role model on and off the short, and I don't think we'll ever see someone who was able to get the crowd behind him like that. His departure is a sad day, he is the best of the best,” said the Australian.