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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was left devastated after being defeated by Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals.
Nick Kyrgios appeared to have a great chance to win his first grand slam at the US Open.
Frances Tiafoe had eliminated Rafael Nadal in the third round, Daniil Medvedev had defeated the reigning champion in convincing fashion in the fourth round, and Novak Djokovic was unable to play, leaving the men’s draw wide open.
After losing in a five-set marathon to Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, Kyrgios’ resentment about the opportunity passing him by reached a boiling point. He slammed two rackets on the ground, breaking their frames beyond repair.
Nick Kyrgios vs. Karen Khachanov – 6-4, 6-4
Khachanov, meanwhile, raised his arms in triumph as he stepped on the other side of the net and won the match 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(3).
Kyrgios admitted to feeling “honestly like sh*t” to reporters. “I think I’ve disappointed a lot of people. The only competitions that will ever be important are these four events (the grand slams). It feels like you have to start from scratch. I must hold off till the Australian Open. Simply devastating, It’s so sad, like. Not just for me, but also for everyone I know who supports my victory.”
Before a few unforced errors in Kyrgios’ final service game gave Khachanov the break and the match, the opening set was over in just 35 minutes, with both players dominating with their huge serves.
After taking a forced break to receive treatment for his left knee, the Australian then rallied to tie the match in the second set.
He later explained his knee injury by saying, “Obviously I’ve been playing a lot of tennis the last couple months… I just split-stepped and just tweaked it a little bit.” I applied some Deep Heat, and I eventually felt fine. Everyone is currently suffering from a minor ailment.
As he created two break points in Khachanov’s opening service game and two more at 4-4 in the third set, Kyrgios’ enthusiasm appeared to carry over. However, he was unable to take advantage of either of these chances, and Khachanov seized the chance to break at 6-5 and restore the lead.
Kyrgios, who was upset at dropping this set, smashed a water bottle during the changeover and was given a warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
According to Reuters, the 27-year-old has already been fined $18,500 for four different breaches during this year’s US Open, including spitting, using foul language, and shattering his racket.
Khachanov won the match in straight sets despite Kyrgios forcing a fifth set, saving break points in his next two service games, and breaking in the first game to reach the grand slam semifinals for the first time. In order to go to the US Open final, he must now defeat Casper Ruud on Friday.
Khachanov said, “I’m really delighted and super proud that I could take it and finish the match.” “Serving in a game is never simple. I’m really excited to take this step forward and reach my first semifinal, so yeah.”
After reaching the Wimbledon final in July, Kyrgios’ most fruitful year in major slams came to an end.
“Whether you win or lose at a grand slam, that’s all everybody remembers. I essentially believe that every other competition during the year is a waste of time. You should simply turn up at a grand slam because that is what people will remember you for.”