An understandably frustrated Djokovic said just 12 words in his post-match press conference.
Here’s how it went. (You can listen to it here.)
Reporter: How do you feel?
Djokovic: Not great.
Reporter: Novak, sometimes you seemed upset with Nick. We know he’s an irreverent player.
Djokovic: He has a big serve. He deserved to win. Congrats.
And that was that.
The world No. 2 wasn’t rude to the reporters. Rather, he was simply short, and made it clear that he had no interest in being there. (You can hardly blame him.)
Djokovic hasn’t played poorly since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon last year, but he’s fallen well short of expectations. After completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros last June, the Serb has won just two titles—Toronto last summer and Doha to start 2017—and lost his No. 1 ranking.
This was Djokovic’s first tournament—the first round of Davis Cup notwithstanding—since his shocking second-round loss to then-117th-ranked Denis Istomin at the Australian Open in January.
Not to be overlooked, Kyrgios played an absolutely brilliant match against the 12-time Grand Slam champion. Facing Djokovic for the first time, the polarizing Australian rattled off 25 aces—16 in the first set alone—and bore down in the most pivotal of moments to pull out the first-set tiebreaker 11-9.
Kyrgios, seeded sixth, will take on the unseeded Querrey in the semifinals. On the other side of the draw, second-seeded Rafael Nadal will play third-seeded Marin Cilic.