Nick Kyrgios said he felt “disappointment” when he learned Rafael Nadal had withdrawn from their Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal. On Thursday night, he slept for only one hour and described himself as “a reckless ball of energy” as he absorbed the news.
Due to Nadal’s withdrawal from the semifinal due to an abdominal ailment, Kyrgios will face No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in his first Grand Slam final on Sunday.
Kyrgios stated on Friday that he hoped for a “third chapter” after splitting his first two Wimbledon encounters against Nadal 1-1.
Kyrgios claimed he learned of Nadal’s decision Thursday evening while having dinner. “My energy was so focused on playing [Nadal] and tactically how I was going to go out there and play, the emotions of stepping out there, and all that sort of stuff,” he said.
“But, you know, it would not have been simple for him to withdraw… This year, he barely lost a match. He likely desired to pursue all four. So it would not be simple. I hope he gets better.”
Kyrgios has moved his focus to Sunday’s men’s final versus Djokovic, stating that he is “very proud” of himself and that he “never dreamed” he would reach a Grand Slam final.
Kyrgios stated, “I had a horrific sleep last night to be honest.” “I slept for approximately one hour due to everything, including the excitement. I was filled with anxiety. I was already really anxious, which is not typical for me.
He continued: “I was simply restless. I had so many ideas regarding the Wimbledon final. That was all I could think of. I was only thinking about playing, obviously visualizing myself winning and losing. Everything…. I currently feel like a reckless bundle of energy. I just want to whack some tennis balls on the practice court while conversing. I’m not sure. I want it to arrive immediately. Yes, I want the conclusion to arrive already.”
Kyrgios has defeated Djokovic twice in matches, and the two have also battled off the court in the past. However, they have become closer since Kyrgios supported Djokovic when he was deported from Australia prior to the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.
Following his semifinal victory, Djokovic congratulated Kyrgios on advancing to the final, stating, “This is where he needs to be and where he deserves to be.”
“We definitely have a bromance now, which is crazy,” Kyrgios remarked, adding that Djokovic sends him direct Instagram messages. “I believe everyone is aware that for a time there was no love lost. I believe it was beneficial for the sport. I believe that whenever we played one other, there was considerable anticipation. It was interesting for the journalists, viewers, and everyone else.
“I felt like I was almost the only player and person who stood up for him throughout all the controversy at the Australian Open. Not on the tennis court, but when a real-life crisis occurs and someone sticks up for you, in my opinion, is where respect is essentially earned.
This has been uncommon for Kyrgios, especially among his fellow Australians.
Kyrgios stated that Lleyton Hewitt, who was the last Australian male tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final at the 2005 U.S. Open, is one of the few former Australian pros who provide him encouragement.
Kyrgios stated that he had played with Lleyton Hewitt earlier in the event. He described Hewitt as the only great player who has ever been encouraging of him. “Like, he is aware. He is our Davis Cup captain, and he is aware that I generally do my own thing.
Before his quarterfinal match, it was reported that Kyrgios would be required to appear in court in Canberra, Australia, next month on a charge of common assault. He has been fined twice in the past two weeks, first for spitting at a spectator after his first-round victory, and then for a “audible profanity” in the third round against Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the fourth round, he overcome a shoulder issue.
Earlier in the tournament, he was criticized by legendary Australian Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, for bringing tennis to “the lowest level I’ve ever seen in terms of gamesmanship, cheating, manipulation, abuse, and aggressive behavior to umpires and linesmen” during an interview on BBC radio.
Kyrgios stated, “I mean, look, the greats of Australian tennis have not always been kind to me personally.” They have not always been helpful. They have been unsupportive for the past two weeks. Therefore, I find it difficult to read what others say about myself. I am the outcast among the Australian players.
“It’s quite unfortunate that I receive no support from any of the male Australian tennis players. Not the players, but the greats of the past. It seems strange that they have an unhealthy preoccupation with bringing me down. I simply do not know whether they dislike me or are afraid of me. I’m not sure. I have no idea what it is. But that stinks, because if the positions were reversed and I saw [Alex] De Minaur, Jordan Thompson, or Thanasi [Kokkinakis] in the final, I’d be ecstatic. I’d be stoked. I’d be drinking a pint and getting crazy as I watched.”