Nick Kyrgios drops surprise retirement hint after superb US Open win
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Nick Kyrgios has surprised the tennis world by hinting at retirement after beating Daniil Medvedev at the US Open. The 23rd seed earned a statement 7-6(11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over the world No 1 on Sunday night to end Medvedev’s hopes of defending his title from last year, but now appears to be considering giving up the sport despite one of his best-ever performances.
Kyrgios defeated Medvedev for the second time in less than a month in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday, earning his third career victory over a world No 1. The Australian advanced to his maiden quarter-final in Flushing Meadows and proved that he was one of the big title contenders with his superb performance.
It’s the 27-year-old’s latest achievement in his impressive summer season after reaching a maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and winning his seventh career title in Washington, but despite his newfound form Kyrgios now appears to be hinting that the end of his career could be near. The world No 25 has been open about the difficulties of being away from home for so long as he will finally return to Australia after this US Open and admitted that he could soon be done with tennis for good.
“I always wanted to win,” he said after sending the reigning US Open champion packing. “I always felt like if I did the right things and played the right way, I could go deep. But obviously we all, my team and myself, had an eye on going home.” The 23rd seed in New York admitted that his success made it easier to be away from home as he set his sights on winning the title before heading home for the first time in four months.
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“I think it does take off the pressure a little bit knowing we’ve had such a successful couple of months. Then we get to go home and see our family and friends,” he continued. “At the same time we still got a job to do. Like it’s the last biggest tournament of the year. We got to try and just tough it out and keep pushing each other, keep being positive.
“We do realise it’s next week we’re going home. But three more matches potentially, then we never have to play tennis again.” The former world No 13’s words have surprised the tennis world, as he appears to have finally fulfilled the potential many were hoping for when he first broke onto the scene eight years ago and upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon as a teenage wildcard.
While Kyrgios had his sights firmly set on lifting his first Grand Slam singles title on Sunday, the 27-year-old questioned what it would do to his motivation as he added: “If I win a Grand Slam, I don’t know how much motivation I’d have afterwards because it’s extremely hard to do.”
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But the Aussie made a similar remark following his run to the Wimbledon final earlier this summer, and during the US Open admitted that he had surprised himself by becoming even more inspired to perform well. Speaking after his second-round win, Kyrgios said: “The Wimbledon final was a turning point I think for me mentally. If I won that match, I don’t know where my motivation would have been at. Losing it and being so close, it was really tough for me to kind of swallow that.
“I feel like I’m really professional right now. I never thought that the Wimbledon final would make me that way. I thought it would be the other way, the reverse, almost a bit lax and a bit chilled with it.”
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