Nick Kyrgios remained angry and exasperated during and after his shock loss to Karen Khachanov in the US Open quarter-finals.
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The Aussie expressed his frustration – and sometimes his anger – in typically explosive ways at various points in the game.
At one point during a substitution, Kyrgios threw a bottle to the ground as the cork flew off and liquid spilled onto the pitch in front of him. The ball kids had to step in and clean up the mess before the game resumed.
Then later, when Khachanov took the impressive victory, his opponent responded by breaking two rackets in anger at the result and his own performance.
He then took a second racket out of his bag and destroyed it in the same way.
“Yeah, I just came out flat,” Kyrgios admitted in his post-match press conference. “Physically I didn’t feel good. Then I ended up feeling good towards the end of the game.
“I’m obviously devastated but all credit goes to Karen. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. I think he served really well today. Honestly probably the best server I’ve played in this tournament, to be honest, the way he was hitting his spots under pressure.
“He just played the big points well, there was really nothing in it. I’m just devastated, obviously. I just feel like it was either winning it all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I just failed at this event right now.
“Honestly, I don’t even really care about other tournaments. I feel like in Grand Slam, now that I’m successful in a Grand Slam, it’s like no other tournament really has of importance.
“It’s like you get better, you get worse, then at a Grand Slam, none of that matters. Either you win or you lose. People don’t really care if you are improved on the day or if you lost in the fifth or played one of the best matches of the tournament. You lost, then…
“Honestly, I feel like shit. I feel like I’ve let so many people down. I just don’t know. I feel like I’m playing in Tokyo and all that. But I feel like these four tournaments are the only ones It’s like you have to start all over again I have to wait for the Australian Open.
“It’s just devastating. Like, it’s heartbreaking. Not just for me, but for everyone I know who wants me to win. That’s all people remember at a Grand Slam, that you win or you lose. I think pretty much every other tournament during the year is a waste of time, really. You should just run and show up to a Grand Slam. That’s how we remember of you.
Khachanov, who was clearly surprised and delighted with the result, must have reflected on a job well done in his media duties.
“I did it! I did it!” Khachanov said in his post-match interview. “It was a crazy match but I came ready to fight and play five sets.
“I expected it to be like this. I was ready to run, to fight, to play five sets. We played for almost four hours [three hours and 39 minutes]. It’s the only way to beat Nick, I think.
“I had chances in the fourth set. He played an incredible tie-break. What can I do? I had to stay focused and try to win the next set. I’m really proud of myself. I was really focused from start to finish and got the win.
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Furious Nick Kyrgios smashes TWO rackets after US Open loss to Karen Khachanov and throws a bottle on the ground