Nick Kyrgios once again displayed his best face on the tennis court this Thursday with a resounding victory against Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in just one hour and 25 minutes of play. A match in which Kyrgios showed that, when he wants to, he can be a serious contender for any title on grass, as evidenced by his 24 aces or his impressive percentage of 93% of points won with his first serve.
Kyrgios, who struggled more than expected in the first round to beat the local Paul Jubb, wanted to send a message to the fans who doubt his tennis at the post-match press conference and once again showed his passion for Wimbledon. “I want to remind people that I’m pretty good. This is the tournament that I have marked in red on the calendar, which I am looking forward to playing every year. It is the Grand Slam in which I have my best opportunity ”
The Australian also analyzed how he came close to being surprised on his debut in the tournament despite the good results he had. “Being over the wire in the first round was amazing. I have been playing very good tennis this last month, so I was surprised by how I played the other day. It wasn’t great, but there were a lot of positive things. I didn’t play at my best level, but I managed to get through the game. Today I was at my level, with great body language and I did play well. I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good.” A warning to sailors before a lively matchup with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round that looks like another difficult challenge that Kyrgios wants to overcome.
In his appearance, Kyrgios also confessed that many times he has thrown games… because of the defeats of the Celtics, his favorite team in the NBA. “I’ve thrown games when the Celtics were losing too. If someone plays against me and the Celtics lost, that’s their chance. The pity for Stefanos Tsitsipas is that he has already finished the season in the NBA. I watch all their matches live, I barely miss them and if they lose I’m in a bad mood.”
Kyrgios also left his future in tennis up in the air, assuring that he could soon retire from the circuit and that this year’s could be his last Laver Cup. “Wimbledon will be my last tournament of the year not counting the Laver Cup. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be in tennis. If I’m honest, I think this year will be the last in which I play the Laver Cup. There is a lot of talent in the world. As long as I’m out on the court I’ll try to do my best, but I’m not going to lie to you and say that I’ll keep playing for another four or five years. Also I need to go home. I have been traveling for almost four months and my mother is not in good health. I would like to go back and see it. I’m not one of those players who go looking for points or praise. I don’t have to prove anything to myself. I am proud of what I have achieved.”