Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court
The Australian is the first Australian to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year
Kyrgios had reached the round of 16 before against Ivan Dodig
Kyrgios crushed both his rackets on court yesterday, taking out the top two seeds, Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson
Australian had his hands full in the first set and then was smashed in the second by the No. 2 seed
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are on the other side of Australia’s Roger Federer on court.
Brisbane’s Dominic Thiem was on the wrong side of the break in the first set, while Kevin Anderson’s second-seeded opponent was under the weather.
Kyrgios, the reigning champion, was playing on Centre Court for the second time at the Australian Open.
Brisbane’s Dominic Thiem (right) was defeated by Australian Sam Querrey in the third round at the Australian Open
The world’s No. 1 seed did not play badly at all before being smashed by Kyrgios
He started proceedings by hitting three aces in his first six games from 1-6 down.
He kept up his good form in the second set, which Kyrgios led by two at 5-3 but served out for the match in a one hour, 37 minute final.
And his best news came when he was told that the third set would likely be delayed over the weekend due to rain in Sydney.
Kyrgios said: ‘I am really happy for my teammates and family. I am also very disappointed because I really need to step up, go really hard and work as hard as I can to be at the next level.
He also made no excuses for the defeat, which leaves the 37-year-old in the last 16 for the first time in his career and in a career at a Grand Slam.
‘I was playing well. He got some breaks through and at that stage he was