Following his 6-3 6-2 victory over American Marcos Giron at the Citi Open on Wednesday, August 3, Nick Kyrgios has opened up about the challenge of returning to the court after his recent Wimbledon loss.
Wednesday’s game was Kyrgios’ first singles match since the Wimbledon finals and although he was successful in securing victory this time, the 27-year-old revealed that it was hard to bounce back after his loss to Novak Djokovic in July.
“It took me a while to get over that loss,” Kyrgios said as per The Courier Mail.
“Ever since I picked up a racquet, that’s always been the goal that I was told, (make) a Wimbledon final, a Wimbledon championship, that’s … the highest accolade you can achieve.
“And I was so close I almost tasted it. So it was really hard for me to stomach that loss but I feel like I’ve done everything I can to bounce back, I’ve been training hard, my body’s feeling good and I’m serving great, so we’ll see how it goes.”
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Kyrgios missed out on winning his first grand slam title after losing to Djokovic in four sets during the Wimbledon men’s final at the Centre Court on Sunday, July 10.
In the highly anticipated final showdown, Djokovic recorded a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over Kyrgios at the All England Club.
Despite Kyrgios coming out strong in the opening set, striking 14 winners and only four unforced errors, an unshakeable Djokovic turned the tide in the second set, racing to a 4-1 advantage in the fourth game.
Djokovic was then able to further his lead and take control of the match from a distracted and frustrated Kyrgios, holding a two-set-to-love lead in the third set.
A more composed Kyrgios secured a fourth-set tie but in the end, could do little to prevent Djokovic from securing his seventh career Wimbledon title.
Following his loss, an exhausted Kyrgios was in awe at the level of play Djokovic exhibited during the match.
“He’s a bit of a God,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m not going to lie, I thought I played well.”
Kyrgios has previously opened up about the physical and mental toll a competition such as Wimbledon can take on a player in an interview during the Citi Open.
“You can lose a Grand Slam in a day, but you can’t win one. It takes so many days. You know, you play a match and you have a day off, then you play again and then have a day off, like it’s the mental capacity to keep doing the same things over and over again for two weeks at the highest level,” Kyrgios said.
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“There’s so many different things, intangibles. You might be feeling sick one day, like I fell sick before I played (Filip) Krajinovic. Your body is hurting, mentally. I couldn’t sleep for two days after Rafa pulled out. Physically, I felt great, but mentally, you know.”