Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court
Nick Kyrgios had been on a mission to win the Paris Masters, and had a lot riding on it
But his quarterfinal performance on Sunday proved too much for him
Kyrgios will be forced into a major overhaul of his game
What went wrong for Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Sunday?
Nick Kyrgios’ semi-final performance at the French Open was his worst in a major final in a long time: he lost to compatriot Nick Kyrgios in a four-set thriller.
Kyrgios was down a break early on and came back to win a point before trailing 4-3.
‘It’s really a loss,’ said Kyrgios, who was playing with a broken pinky finger. ‘I was really disappointed with how I played – especially in the beginning of the match. But at the same time, I was doing my best to help my team. I think it was a good match to be honest.
‘I’m sure he’s a very gifted player, he’s won a couple of majors. So it’s really unfortunate. Obviously I wasn’t as successful as I was expecting to be, but the fact I was able to win is definitely more than I was expecting.’
Kyrgios had a lot riding on it, as he was hoping to become the first Australian to reach a Grand Slam singles final since Andy Roddick.
At the time, he felt his game was in great shape. He was in the best physical shape of his life.
Nick Kyrgios’ semi-final performance at the French Open was his worst in a major final in a long time, losing to compatriot Nick Kyrgios in a four-set thriller
Nick Kyrgios’ world ranking had slipped to 17th, five spots lower than he was a year ago
Kyrgios’ good form had gone to a different level recently but he had put that down to hitting the right shots. His game at this stage of the year was so good that it was hard even to detect