'Devastated' Nick Kyrgios opens up after losing to Karen Khachanov at US Open

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'Devastated' Nick Kyrgios opens up after losing to Karen Khachanov at US Open

Nick Kyrgios didn't hide his disappointment after exiting the US Open as he said that every tournament outside Grand Slams is "pretty much a waste of time." Kyrgios, 27, exited the US Open following a five-set defeat to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal.

After ousting first-seeded Daniil Medvedev a round earlier, Kyrgios entered the Khachanov match as the favorite to win. But Khachanov had other plans as he handed Kyrgios a 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 loss.

Kyrgios opens up after losing to Khachanov

"Honestly I don't even really care about any other tournament.

Like, I feel like at the Grand Slams, now having success at a Grand Slam, it's just like no other tournament really matters," Kyrgios admitted. "It's like you get better, you get worse, then at a Grand Slam none of it matters.

You either win or lose. People don't really care if you got better on the day or you lost 4 in the fifth or played one of the best matches of the tournament. You lost, so, that's all people remember at a Grand Slam, whether you win or you lose.

I think pretty much every other tournament during the year is a waste of time really. You should just run up and show up at a Grand Slam. That's what you're remembered by." After ending runner-up to Wimbledon, Kyrgios came to the US Open determined to win his first Grand Slam singles title.

The way Kyrgios was playing, many had him as a legitimate contender for the title. Eveb though Kyrgios defeated Medvedev and reached his first US Open quarterfinal, he felt like he "just failed." "I'm just devastated obviously.

Just feel like it was either winning it all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I've just failed at this event right now. That's what it feels like," Kyrgios said. Kyrgios won't be competing at the Laver Cup later this month as he now plans to return to Australia.