Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court
Australian Open finalist Kyrgios has spoken out about his quarter-final defeat to Karen Khachanov which left him devastated at the end of the night.
Following the semi-final against Stan Wawrinka, Kyrgios was asked what he would do if a player wanted to leave his team and move to a bigger tennis team.
“I probably wouldn’t,” Kyrgios said.
“That’s more pressure than not winning a match in a quarterfinal.
“I’ve got a lot of friends on the tour, so it’s not like I was playing with a stranger for the last three months. I’ve got so many friends and I hope they’re doing well so it’s not going to be a total shock.”
Kyrgios was asked if he had a message for fans after the night which he said he did.
“I’ve been enjoying every moment of it, I haven’t played to the best of my ability but I’m trying to get better,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m not trying to go out there and make excuses, I’m just trying to focus on what I need to and keep working to get there.”
Kyrgios also spoke to SportsCenter’s Andy Kaufman about what happened on the court and how upset he was.
“Obviously I’d love to do well, you know? I played fantastic, really, really good,” he said. “All I’m going to say is that I’m just very, very, very, very, very upset at the moment.
“I’ve just got to stay strong and keep going. It’s been quite a difficult couple of weeks but that’s just the way I have to deal with it and the results will tell me how it goes