Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court at US Open
Kyrgios was unable to convert a break point in the opening game in the semifinals
Nick Kyrgios lost the 2018 US Open to Nick Kyrgios in a thriller that became a match that many in tennis never saw coming.
Kyrgios, who was chasing down his 20th career US Open title at the moment he lost the fourth-seed Kyrgios in five sets, looked stunned and deflated while trying to process the outcome of his epic match.
In the end he lost to Kyrgios in a tight five-set match that saw 11 of the final’s 12 games finished in a Grand Slam final. He will take the ATP Tour Title.
But on Monday Kyrgios said he understood why he failed to convert a break point of the first game and he had a deep and personal reaction to his quarterfinal defeat.
The 2017 Grand Slam winner was able to withstand Kyrgios’s relentless attack through most of the match, but it was a matter of time before he was unable to find an opening to break in the fifth game to bring Kyrgios within a point of victory.
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Kyrgios, who is used to playing his best tennis in his last three tournaments, was unable to secure a break point of the game of his life to move into the third set.
Kyrgios was set to do that in the 18th game when the Australian sent a return up and away to Kyrgios, who then dropped a forehand that could have sailed over his head.
The moment Kyrgios finally found a way to break service would have been devastating for him.
From there he fell apart and lost five sets to none and ultimately went out with a whimper as Kyrgios took his 15th