Nick Kyrgios disappointed after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from Wimbledon, final concerns

LONDON – Nick Kyrgios was “disappointed” when he first heard Rafael Nadal withdraw from the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinals. He then said he had only an hour of sleep on Thursday night and was “a restless ball of energy” processing the news.

Nadal’s withdrawal from the semifinals due to a stomach injury means Kyrgios will face either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Nori in the first Grand Slam final on Sunday.

After going 1-1 in the last two games against Nadal at Wimbledon, Kyrgios said on Friday that he was watching “Chapter Three”.

“My energy was focused on playing.” [Nadal] And how I get there and play, the feeling of being out there, all sorts of things, ”said Kyrgios, who learned of Nadal’s decision over dinner on Thursday.

“But, you know, it wasn’t easy for him [withdraw],… He lost just one match this year. He mainly wanted to go for four. So it won’t be easy. I hope he recovers. “

Now that Kyrgios has turned his attention to Sunday’s men’s final, he said he is “extremely proud” of himself and “never thought” he would reach the Grand Slam final.

“Honestly, I had a good night’s sleep last night,” Kyrgios said. “I would probably sleep for an hour with all the excitement. I was very worried. I was already very worried and I usually don’t feel anxious.

He added: “I was just upset. I had a lot of thoughts in my head about the Wimbledon final. That’s all I was thinking. I was just thinking. [about] To play, naturally imagine yourself winning, imagine losing. Everything … I feel like I’m a carefree ball of energy right now. I want to go to the practice court now and hit some tennis balls and just talk. I do not know. I want it to come already. Yes, I already want to reach the finals. ”

Kyrgios has lost two matches to Djokovic and has played on the court before. However, the Kyrgyz backed Djokovic earlier this year after being knocked out of Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

Kyrgios sent a direct message to Djokovic on Instagram, “We definitely have a little bit of Bromans now, which is weird.” “I think everyone knows that no love is lost for a while. I think they were healthy for the game. I think we used to play with each other every time. It was all interesting for the media, for the audience.

“I felt like I was almost the only player and there was someone standing up for him at the Australian Open because of that kind of drama. I think that’s where the respect comes from. Not on the tennis court, but I guess. When there is a crisis in real life and someone for you. Stand up. “

This is rare in the case of Kyrgios, especially in the case of his fellow Australians.

Kyrgios said Leighton Hewitt, the last Australian male player to reach the slam final at the 2005 US Open, was one of the few former Australian players to support him.

“The only great type that has always supported me is Leighton Hewitt,” said Kyrgios, who faced Hewitt before the tournament. “As far as he knows. He’s our Davis Cup captain and he knows I do things on my own.”

This is an important fortnight for Kyrgios at Wimbledon. He was fined twice – first for spitting at the spectators after his first-round victory and then for “audible obscenity” against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. He overcame a shoulder injury in the fourth round. Ahead of his semi-final match, news broke that he would be summoned to a court in Canberra, Australia next month to face a general assault charge.

At the start of the tournament, during an appearance on BBC radio, Pat Cash was criticized for “playing tennis, cheating, rigging, abusing, taking umpires down, to the lineman.”

“I mean, look, for the great players of Australian tennis, they’re not always good for me personally,” Kyrgios said. “They’re not always useful. They haven’t been useful in the last couple of weeks. That’s why it’s hard for me to read what they say about me.… I’ve definitely been left out of the Australian players.

“It’s very sad because I don’t get support from any other Australian tennis player on behalf of men. Not from the players, but from the greats of the past. I don’t like it or they’re scared. I do not know. I don’t know what it is. But that’s bad, because that was the role, on the contrary, if I looked [Alex] D minor in the final, or if I saw Jordan Thompson or Thanasi [Kokkinakis], I will be pumped. I’ll stock up and I’ll see you dance. “

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