Nick Kyrgios progresses to Halle ATP semi-final, trick shot reaction
Nick Kyrgios has revealed that his “love-hate relationship” with tennis forces him to practice no more than two hours before he gets bored.
The Australian wildcard, who reached the semi-finals of the Halle Open on Friday with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Spain’s sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, described his sport as “frustrating”.
“I get so frustrated sometimes that I have to calm down,” he said.
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Used to leading his training sessions without a coach, the 27-year-old said he was happy with his non-traditional approach to training.
“In training I mainly play points and tiebreakers – I like to keep it fun,” he said.
“I need to have fun on the court. I need to do things to train, so I use my basketball training. I can’t play tennis for more than two hours – c is a bit boring, I think.”
After losing his semi-final match at the Stuttgart Open to Andy Murray last week, Kyrgios confessed that life on the ATP Tour isn’t always rosy.
“You are alone, an island, you are exposed,” he said.
“It’s a love-hate relationship for me, that’s for sure. My parents pushed me to play tennis from the age of seven, it took me on a long journey.
“You can travel the world every week and experience new cultures and new people. In fact, it’s a hell of a sport.”
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On Friday, Kyrgios dipped into his bag of tricks, providing the Halle crowd with an assortment of tweeners, aces and an underarm serve to shock his Spanish opponent in just under 70 minutes.
Kyrgios won game six of the first set with a kick from behind his legs on a comeback, forcing Carreno Busta into a long comeback.
He also played an underarm serve in game six of the second set as he closed in on the win.
“Tennis has been so straight for so long. All I do is serve underarm. It wasn’t much, but the crowd went crazy,” said the world No. 65.
“They’re so used to watching the same thing every time. When someone like me comes along and does things differently, that’s all it takes.”
Reaching the semi-finals for his third consecutive tournament, Kyrgios said he had a solid game against Carreno Busta as he continued to prove he was an outside chance for Wimbledon.
“I’ve had a few good runs in my career but I’m really happy with this performance,” the 2014 quarter-finalist told the All England Club.
“He’s Spanish but plays well on all surfaces and hits a flat ball – he’s a versatile player.
“I knew I had to be locked in from the back (of the pitch), I played very well today.”
Kyrgios will then meet Polish fifth seed Hubert Hurkacz on Saturday night for a spot in the ATP 500 Finals.
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