‘Disappointed’ Nick Kyrgios opens up on Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal | Tennis News
Fans had already marked their calendars even before the two played their respective quarter-final match which was to be held simultaneously on Wednesday. Nick Kyrgios had comfortably beaten Cristian Garin on Court 1 to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final while Rafael Nadal battled an abdominal tear against Taylor Fritz in a five-set thriller on center court. Therefore, Wimbledon was expecting a successful semi-final just like Kyrgios, but Nadal, after assessing all the conditions, announced his withdrawal due to the injury. And although Kyrgios left him a message on Instagram, he revealed his very first reaction to hearing the news. (Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur Wimbledon 2022 Women’s Singles Final Live Score)
It would have been a “third chapter” at Wimbledon in their nine-game rivalry. Kyrgios, who was a Wild Card player in the 2014 edition, defeated Nadal in the round of 16 to reach his first Grand Slam quarters, however, in 2019 the Spaniard avenged his defeat. Overall, Nadal led 6-3 in the draw.
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“My energy was so focused on the game [Nadal] and tactically how I’m going to go out and play, the emotions of walking there, all that kind of stuff,” Kyrgios said as he revealed he heard the news while dining on Thursday.
“But, you know, it wouldn’t have been easy for him to do that [withdraw]. … He barely lost a game this year. He probably wanted to go for all four. So it wouldn’t be easy. I hope he gets better.”
With the news, Kyrgios has reached his first-ever Slam final, where he will face three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.
“To be honest, I had a shocking night’s sleep,” Kyrgios said. “I probably slept for an hour just with everything, like excitement. I had so much anxiety. I felt so nervous already, and I don’t usually feel nervous.
He added: “I was just restless. So many thoughts in my head about a Wimbledon final. That’s all I was thinking. I was just thinking [about] playing, obviously imagining myself winning, imagining myself losing. All. …I feel like I’m just a reckless ball of energy right now. I just want to get out on the practice field now and hit some tennis balls and just talk. I do not know. I want it to come already. Yeah, I want the final to happen already.”