Kyrgios still watching replays of his win against Nadal
Reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals has meant a lot of attention for Nick Kyrgios back in Australia, and the 19-year-old still hasn't had enough of watching his famous victory.
It began as soon as the Australian teenager arrived back in his Canberra hometown, having defeated Rafael Nadal to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
"I got to the airport and there were about 800 people there, cameras everywhere, so it was pretty full-on. And even when I was at home, I was getting ... not to say pestered ... but it was pretty full-on," he told The Melbourne Age.
With his goal of a quiet vacation proving elusive, Kyrgios has since resumed training for the hard-court season in Melbourne, but finds himself also being recognized in the bigger city.
"Even in Melbourne it's pretty full-on," he said. "I can't really go anywhere without being noticed, so that's probably the biggest difference."
But he has enjoyed the positive attention, finding that his new popularity has both advantages and disadvantages.
"It can be a bit of both," he said. "I don't really mind it too much. I get to meet some new people and I'm only young, so I really enjoy that sort of stuff."
In the meantime, he has kept a copy of his fourth-round win on his cell phone, watching it once in a while for motivation.
"It's just good for confidence and when you're sitting around just analyze how you played, and all that sort of stuff. I don’t go looking on YouTube and watching myself play, but when I just want something to do it's always an option."
That includes his between-the-legs winner against Nadal, which was featured in highlight reels and has prompted him to go for more shots like that while practicing. "Yeah, the boys have noticed that I'm going for more trick shots and stuff now, and they're starting to, as well," he said.
Kyrgios, now ranked No. 65, was not previously high enough to get into the U.S. Open Series events. He will play qualifying at both Masters events prior to the U.S. Open.