Nick Kyrgios reveals his agent had to force him out of pub at 4am the last time he played Rafael Nadal but insists that won't be happening this time if he and the Spaniard clash at The Championships. In 2019, Kyrgios defeated Jordan Thompson in the first round to set up a Wimbledon second round meeting versus Nadal.
Kyrgios competed extremely well against Nadal but the Spaniard claimed a tight 6-3 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3) victory. Now, Kyrgios and Nadal both have been through to the quarterfinal and they could face in the Wimbledon semifinal if they win their next matches.
“My agent had to come to force me out of a pub at 4am to play Nadal second round, on Centre Court, Wimbledon,” Kyrgios said, per news.com.au. “I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure”.
Kyrgios proud of how far he has come
Before Wimbledon started, Kyrgios warned that he's coming to The All England Club for the title.
Kyrgios' play has backed up his claims as on Monday he defeated Brandon Nakashima 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-2. “I just feel like I’ve been through so much. I feel like I’m able to stay more composed,” Kyrgios said.
“Today is probably the first time in my career where I wasn’t playing well, regardless of playing Centre Court Wimbledon, fully packed crowd, I was able to just say, ‘Wow, look how far I’ve come’, to myself”.
Against Nakashima, Kyrgios required a medical intervention on his shoulder. However, Kyrgios is not particularly concerned. “I have played a lot of tennis in the past month and a half,” Kyrgios noted. “His level didn’t drop but my five-set level is pretty good and I’ve been here before, done it before and that is what I was thinking about.
I’ve never lost a five-setter here. I need a large glass of wine tonight for sure”. Kyrgios plays Cristian Garin in the quarterfinal.