Losing quarter-finalist Cristian Garin of Chile paid the ultimate tribute to his opponent Nick Kyrgios, saying the Australian has it in him to win the Wimbledon 2022 title. Garin lost in straight sets to the Australian showman in the men’s singles quarter-final despite putting on a stiff fight in the final set on Court One on Wednesday, July 6.
Nick Kyrgios became the first Australian man in 17 years to reach the Wimbledon semi-final as he booked a place in his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final after putting on an emphatic show in London. Kyrgios defeated Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a little over 2 hours.
“I played all of the great serves on the Tour — and for me, he’s the best server,” the 26-year-old said.
“He has great chances to win the tournament.”
In surpassing his previous best Wimbledon run to the quarter-finals eight years ago, Kyrgios becomes the first Australian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Lleyton Hewitt at the 2005 US Open.
On the eve of the match, Kyrgios was summoned to appear in a Canberra court next month on an alleged common assault charge, hardly ideal preparation for one of his biggest matches.
But any off-court distractions he managed to put to one side in a relatively low-volume display sprinkled occasionally with the instinctive shot-making that makes him such a draw.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 6, 2022
THOUGHT THAT SHIP HAD SAILED: KYRGIOS
As in his five-set win over American Brandon Nakashima in the previous round, Kyrgios kept his volatile temperament under wraps, although he regularly lambasted his sizeable entourage as the match dragged on, calling for more support.
Once again his serve underpinned his game, digging him out of trouble whenever Garin threatened to drag himself back into a contest that drifted away from him after his fast start.
Kyrgios saved eight of the nine break points he faced to roll into the semi-final.
“I never thought I’d be in the semi-final of a Grand Slam. I thought that ship had sailed — that I may have wasted that window in my career.
“I’m really happy I was able to come out here with my team and put on a performance.” (With Reuters inputs)
— ENDS —