Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime felt sorry for Nick Kyrgios after the Australian was forced to retire their Wimbledon third round clash. Kyrgios won the first set by a 6-2 score but then lost the following set 6-1.
After losing the second set, Kyrgios called it a match due to an abdominal injury. “I’m sorry for Nick, he was playing so well in the first set,” Auger-Aliassime said in an on-court interview. "It’s really unfortunate, in front of a packed crowd.
We both love playing here and there were some big expectations for this match. We were hoping to put on a good show and entertain the crowd, so it’s unfortunate that he had to retire. I hope it’s nothing too serious and that we’ll see him back during the US swing”.
Kyrgios also spoke positively of Auger-Aliassime
"I haven’t played this level of tennis in a long time,2 said Kyrgios on court. "And obviously playing someone as good as Felix, I need my main weapon – my serve – to be firing on all cylinders and I just felt my ab.
"Definitely did something to it towards the end of the first set. That’s just the way it goes "He’s a hell of a player, he’s going to do some special things in this sport. "Playing out here and having this kind of support, has made me have a second wind.
I reckon I’m gonna come back and play for a bit longer I reckon. "I did all I could to prepare to get here,’ he added.’ ‘I beat a heck of a player first round and I played a great second round. "Just to get out here again and play two sets, I tried to play as long as I could and I’m sorry that I couldn’t give you more today but you’ll see a lot of him in the future. And he’s better looking too, so it’s all good."