And, when he crashed in a five-set epic five-set to Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, Kyrgios’ dismay at such an occasion ended: He smashed two rackets to the floor, his frame beyond use. done.
Meanwhile, Khachanov stood on the opposite side of the net with his hands up, celebrating his 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 victory.
“I honestly feel like sh*t,” Kyrgios told reporters. “I think I’ve let down so many people. These four tournaments [the grand slams] They are the only ones who are ever going to matter. It’s like you have to start all over again. I’ll have to wait till 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.”
The first set ended in 35 minutes, dominated by large serves from both players, until some errors in Kyrgios’ final serve game gave Khachanov the break and set.
The Australian took a medical timeout for treatment on his left knee before rallying to level the match in the second set.
He later said of his knee, “Obviously I’ve been playing a lot of tennis for the past few months.” Finally feeling good. I’ve got some deep heat on this. Everyone’s swallowing a little bit at the moment.”
Kyrgios’ momentum seemed to spread in the third set as he scored two break points in Khachanov’s opening service game, then another two at 4-4. However, he failed to convert any of these opportunities, and it was Khachanov who took advantage of his chance to break 6-5 and take the lead again.
Frustrated by losing this set, Kyrgios broke a bottle of water during the changeover and received a warning for non-player behavior.
According to Reuters, the 27-year-old has already been fined $18,500 for four separate offenses at this year’s US Open, including spitting, swearing and breaking a racket.
Although Kyrgios forced a fifth set, Khachanov broke through in the opening game, saving break points in his next two service games and closing out the match to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. He will now face Casper Roode on Friday for a place in the final of the US Open.
“I am very happy, very proud that I could finish the match, I could have taken it,” Khachanov said. “Serving to match [is] never easy. Yes, very happy to take this step to make my first semifinal.”
July also marked the end of Kyrgios’ most successful year at a Grand Slam after his run in the Wimbledon final.
“That’s what everyone remembers at the Grand Slam, whether you win or lose. I think every other tournament during the year is really a waste of time. You should just run and show up at the Grand Slam, that’s who you are.” is done.”