Tennis news 2022: Nick Kyrgios returns to earth against Hubert Hurkacz

Nick Kyrgios confessed he had nothing more to give physically as his nine-game winning streak ended in the quarter-finals of the ATP Masters in Montreal on Friday.

The Wimbledon runner-up lost 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 to Polish powerhouse Hubert Hurkacz after coming onto the court with 15 wins in his last 16 matches.

But the Aussie didn’t have much left to give as his body began to complain.

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“My body didn’t feel great last week,” he said.

“I was feeling the abs (muscles) a bit before the game. My knees hurt.”

Kyrgios kept the match going at a brisk pace in the first two sets before finally losing momentum in the third when Hurkacz took control.

The Aussie was annoyed when his opponent left the pitch to change clothes and take a bathroom break, a delay that dented his fragile physical form.

During the show, Kyrgios was heard saying, “We’re not fucking machines, bro. We can’t just go and stop, go and stop, go and stop.

Later, he told reporters: “Obviously when you’re playing and you stop for five to 10 minutes, it doesn’t help your body.

“My body was so stiff after that that I couldn’t move properly.

“I mean, it’s in the rules. I will not complain. I completely stiffened.

World number 37 Kyrgios, whose performance this week will send him into a top seed at the US Open, added: “I am not a machine. I am a human.”

Kyrgios won his first ATP title in three years last week in Washington and shared the doubles crown with Jack Sock, the first man in the event’s 53-year history to win both crowns in the same year.

“My knees were sore, my back was sore…I was trying to keep moving, but I stiffened up,” Kyrgios said.

“My body wasn’t feeling well last week.”

Kyrgios said he needed a break before returning to the fray next week in Cincinnati in the final major tune-up at the US Open, which begins 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 focusing on,” he said.

“I’m focused on today, tonight, recovery, food, then just rest, then Cincinnati. That’s where I think.”

Hurkacz overcame 53 Kyrgios winners to end the Aussie’s nine-game winning streak. The No.8 seed managed 43 winners in a quick triumph that put him through to his fourth semi-final at Masters level.

Hurkacz next faces Norway’s fourth seed Casper Ruud, who crushed national player Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-1, 6-2, in 74 minutes.

-AFP

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