Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios feels he ‘belongs’ and talks about ‘drunk fan’ who interfered in final | tennis news


Nick Kyrgios faced Novak Djokovic in the first Grand Slam final of his career

Nick Kyrgios thinks he “belonged” in the Wimbledon final after losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets on Center Court.

The Australian maverick’s run to the final has been fraught with controversy, and there were times when he looked ready to go into total collapse mode against Djokovic.

But despite a code breach for swearing, which earned him a £3,300 fine, bringing the tournament total to £15,000 in fines, he regained his composure and Djokovic had to work as hard as he has throughout the tournament. the fortnight for a 4-6 6-3. 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory on Center Court.

Kyrgios said: “I felt like, you know, to get to the final, there’s always a little bit of anxiety about how it’s going to play out, if you feel worthy of being there. I felt like the trophy was definitely achievable today.

Kyrgios served exceptionally, hitting 91 of his 125 first serves;  he also hit 62 winners during the final

Kyrgios served exceptionally, hitting 91 of his 125 first serves; he also hit 62 winners during the final

“I played a great first set and put myself in a position to take complete control of the match.

“My level is there. I feel like you look at what Novak has done to other opponents, and it’s not a good feeling.”

“But I’m right there. I’m not after the eight ball at all. I played a Slam final against one of the greatest of all time, and I was right there.

“It was a great occasion. People were probably expecting something to happen today. But I came out in the first set and it seemed like I was the one who had played in a lot of finals. I thought I dealt with the pressure pretty well.

“I felt like I belonged, to be honest. I’ve played big finals before. My record in finals is pretty good. I’ve played really good players in finals.”

The two players had a warm exchange at the net after the match.

The two players had a warm exchange at the net after the match.

“I felt like he has a lot of experience to build on. Look, he’s won the tournament I don’t know how many times now, four times in a row.”

“I have that under my belt now, a Wimbledon finalist. I can get something out of the experience.

“However, I felt like I belonged. I feel like my game, my level has always been there. I feel like I’ve fixed it a little bit in these couple of weeks.”

Kyrgios: Drunk fan didn’t cost me a match

Kyrgios was clearly upset by a fan in the crowd and made his views clear to the chair umpire in a change of finish.

Kyrgios was clearly upset by a fan in the crowd and made his views clear to the chair umpire in a change of finish.

After Kyrgios took the first set, Djokovic raised his level, and when some errors occurred with Kyrgios’s racket, he became increasingly frustrated by the reaction of his family and friends in his Player Box, who regularly yelled at them. .

Kyrgios then had a key service game interrupted by a member of the crowd. The Australian was clearly upset and had a long conversation with the chair umpire – Renaud Lichtenstein at the change of ends.

The Aussie showed signs of frustration towards his box of players during the contest, yelling at them regularly.

The Aussie showed signs of frustration towards his box of players during the contest, yelling at them regularly.

“She distracts me when I’m serving. In a Wimbledon final, there’s no greater occasion,” Kyrgios said. “You didn’t believe me and then she did it again and it almost cost me the game.

“Why is she still here? She’s completely drunk in the front row, talking to me in the middle of the game. What’s acceptable?”

Lichtenstein agreed that it was unacceptable and asked Kyrgios to point her out to address the situation.

“I know exactly which one it is. It’s the one in the dress, the one that looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro.”

Djokovic wins seventh Wimbledon title with elegant four-set victory over Kyrgios

Novak Djokovic proved too graceful for Nick Kyrgios on Center Court as the top seed clinched his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and seventh overall on Sunday.

After the final, Kyrgios spoke to the media about the fans and the impact it had on him.

“I wouldn’t say it cost me the game,” the Australian said. “I’m playing the Wimbledon final against probably one of the greatest players of all time. I don’t need someone absolutely shattered talking to me, pointing, pointing. You know what I mean?

“I’m all for having a good time. Like talking between first and second serves for me, you know. I mean, look, I’ve been to a couple of nights in my life,” he said with a small smile. “And I knew she had too many.

“I feel like, I told the referee, I was like, ‘She talks to me a lot and she’s drunk. What are you going to do about it?’ He was like, ‘I didn’t know she was drunk.’

“So she continued. And, not just me. I feel like that’s when maybe you have to give her water or take her out.”

Djokovic bounced back from losing the first set to win his seventh Wimbledon title

Djokovic bounced back from losing the first set to win his seventh Wimbledon title

Kyrgios also reflected on his opponent, who is now a seven-time Wimbledon champion, highlighting what he thought Djokovic delivered on Center Court during the final.

“In the big moments, it seemed like he was never nervous. I feel like that’s his biggest strength, he just never seems nervous. He just looks completely inside himself all the time.”

The Australian was later asked if Djokovic’s attribute in terms of that composure was something he would look to emulate and improve on in his own game?

“I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure,” he said.

“But sometimes, obviously, I would get a little bit angry because I looked at it like if you win this tournament, you become the immortal of tennis, I feel. It was just an opportunity for me, for people to work their whole lives.” by.

“I put myself in position to win the first set. Things started to get a little tough. He was just solid. Then I won the fourth set and who knows.”

“I mean, yeah, obviously I can improve a lot of things in my game, not just composure. My forehand return needs to improve. I’ve been working on it a lot. I can always get stronger. I can always get fitter. I feel like that. It was a bit tricky, but I feel like everyone in the draw can do something better.”

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