‘What do you want from me, man?’
Nick Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon to bitter rival Rafa Nadal before another combative press conference.
Kyrgios was in typically candid form, questioning his own work ethic, saying he deliberately hit a ball at Nadal, and talking about his visit to a pub the night before the match.
Here is the press conference in full:
Q. Going to the pub last night, do you think you could have played a bit better if you hadn’t?
NICK KYRGIOS: No. You look way too excited to ask that question. You must have a really boring life.
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Q. Your assessment of the way you played today, please.
NICK KYRGIOS: I thought I started a little slow, but I thought he played really well today. I knew his game plan, I got onto it pretty quickly. He directed most of his serves to my forehand. He hasn’t really done that in the past. It’s definitely my weaker return. He was definitely trying to stay away from my backhand return a lot.
But I thought just on big points, I mean, he played well. Hit his forehand extremely well. When Rafa plays well, he hits his forehand line extremely well. I thought today he was on fire with that shot. Every time he redirected, he was hitting balls just within the line, so…
I thought it was a high-level match. Two tiebreaks. I played a couple loose points here or there. That’s all it takes against a player like that. He was just too good today.
Q. Rafa said afterwards he thought you could be a future Grand Slam champion still. I was wondering if matches of that kind of high quality where you’re playing so well, looking so up for it, inspire you to want to do that all the time, go for slams, whether you believe you can win them, or if you’re happy entertaining some of these brilliant matches like that?
NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I mean, I know what I’m capable of. Just depends. I’m a great tennis player, but I don’t do the other stuff. I’m not the most professional guy. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day.
So there’s a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa brings, Novak, Roger have been doing for so long. Just depends how bad I want it.
But, no, at the moment I don’t think I can contend for a Grand Slam.
Q. You don’t want it badly enough?
NICK KYRGIOS: That’s two questions in a row. Wait your turn.
Q. It’s always tough to lose. Players react differently. Some cry, some get angry. How do you deal with a loss?
NICK KYRGIOS: Nothing. I just get out of here. I’m playing mixed doubles, so… I don’t really do much tonight. I don’t know.
I mean, I get disappointed, but at the same time I played today, I left it all out there. I can’t be too disappointed. A couple points here or there. He’s a champion. He played well in those moments. That’s why he’s one of the greatest there is.
Q. When you walk off the court having played a match like that, what are the things you want to work on?
NICK KYRGIOS: Nothing. I don’t even want to step on a tennis court.
Q. You played a great match.
NICK KYRGIOS: You were at the pub last night (laughter). That’s hilarious.
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Q. It is hilarious.
NICK KYRGIOS: This is awkward (smiling).