“I probably slept for an hour,” Kyrgios says after the Christmas retirement announcement

The day after the announcement of the Christmas withdrawal due to abdominal pain, Nick Kyrgios, who will play his first Grand Slam final on Sunday, spoke at length. No waffles.

At Wimbledon,

In the Christmas package

“I found out last night at dinner. As a competitor, I was really looking forward to playing this match. My first reaction was a feeling of disappointment. All my energy was focused on my match against him and how l “I was going to face it tactically, in the emotions I was going to feel when I entered the track. We’ve had so many great battles. Here we’ve won once again. I was really looking forward to seeing what the third chapter would bring. Obviously we want to see a player like him, so important for our sport, retiring due to injury (…) I hope he recovers and I’m sure I will play against him again in a big tournament. I would have liked to get it. “

About his nervousness:

“I didn’t get much sleep last night. I probably slept for an hour, because of the excitement. I was so anxious, I was already feeling so nervous, and I don’t usually feel nervous. I hope I can sleep better tonight I’m going to have tea of chamomile and resting (smiles) I feel like I’m just an energy ball right now I just want to get out of practice, hit some tennis balls and talk.I wish we were already there.

Reaching the Wimbledon final

“I never thought. I didn’t think I would be here at all. I think this is the pinnacle of tennis. Once you can lift a Grand Slam trophy, what else is there to achieve? I grew up in Canberra, the courts where I trained were horrible, and now I have the opportunity to play in the Wimbledon final. ”

On the final potential against Djokovic

“Djokovic will have an advantage from the beginning. You can take advantage of their experience. He has done it so many times. One thing is certain. Whether I win or lose, I will be happy. This is a huge success that I never thought I could achieve. »

About his relationship with Djokovic

“Now we have a kind of bromance. I think everyone knows that there has been no love lost for a while. I think every time we played against each other there was hype. I felt like I was the only player to defend him at the Australian Open (except for Djokovic not vaccinated). I think this is where respect is earned. Not on the tennis court, but I think when a crisis happens in real life and someone defends you … Now we text each other for direct messages on Instagram and all that. Earlier in the week he told me, “I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

In the cut of three days without a match

“Routine is important. We have to keep the adrenaline pumping during the competition. The positive side is that I rest my body a bit. I’ll be great. “

About his relationship with tennis

“There are times when I hate this sport, but there are times when I think I am one of the most competitive people I have ever met. I love competition. Whether it’s playing on my Nintendo, basketball or whatever. “

In the Big Three

“I don’t think I or these guys will be able to replace them. We’ll never see a competitor like Rafa again. You’ll never see anyone handle a racket like Roger effortlessly. You’ll probably never see someone just win and play the game so well. as good as Djokovic. ”

In his life they come and go from the circuit

“I will never travel more than four or five months a year. I just don’t want to sacrifice time with family or at home. I’ll be doing the American tour, but I need to recharge my batteries to get going. »

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