Nick Kyrgios’ great streak ends against Hubert Hurkacz in Montreal
Nick Kyrgios’ nine-game winning streak came to an end at the Montreal Masters, eliminated in the quarter-finals by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
The Wimbledon runner-up lost 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 after coming onto the court with 15 wins in his last 16 matches.
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The Australian complained of body aches after the game, and it was clear he had been hit during the proceedings as he tried to keep the game going in the first two sets before withering in the frame final.
The Aussie was annoyed when his opponent left the pitch to change clothes at the start of the third, saying his body had taken a big hit from the stoppage.
Players have a maximum of three minutes once they enter the restroom, while they are also given two minutes to change their outfit.
The problem in many tournaments other than the majors is that the locker rooms are not near the main arenas and this is the case in Montreal. Hurkacz was gone for almost eight minutes.
During the live broadcast, Kyrgios expressed his frustrations.
“We’re not fucking machines bro,” Kyrgios said.
“We can’t just go and stop, go and stop, go and stop.”
The world number 27 was also annoyed that Hurkacz felt the need to change clothes despite the relatively cool weather.
“Nobody needs to change their fucking clothes in the fucking 15 degree heat,” Kyrgios said.
“15 f—ing degrees bro.”
Speaking after the match, a measured Kyrgios explained his frustrations over the change of clothes.
“Obviously when you’re playing and you stop for five to 10 minutes, it doesn’t help your body,” Kyrgios said.
“My body was so stiff after that, I couldn’t move properly.
“I mean, it’s within the rules. I’m not going to complain. I completely stiffened up.”
The Australian said he overcame pain issues last week but it finally caught up with him.
“My body didn’t feel good last week,” he said.
“I was feeling my abs (muscles) a bit before the game. My knees hurt.
“I am not a machine. I am a human.”
Kyrgios has all but secured a placement for the US Open but said he needs to take some time off before playing in Cincinnati and then the US Open, which begins on August 29.
“I feel good, but the US Open is still two and a half weeks away. I have Cincinnati next week. That’s all I’m focused on,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m focused on today, tonight, recovery, food, then just rest, then Cincinnati. That’s where I think.”
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