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Quote of the Day: How Kyrgios ‘turned the narrative around’ for Medvedev upset
After causing a seismic shift at the top of the ATP Tour rankings, Kyrgios opened up about his new mentality—and teased a mic-drop retirement—during his post-match press conference.
Published Sep 05, 2022
FLASHBACK: TC Live previews the Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios US Open match.
It’s a whole new Nick Kyrgios this season, and everyone in the tennis world—not to mention his opponents—are taking note.
The 27-year-old Australian has already racked up a slew of big results, including his first Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open, his first Wimbledon final and three ATP trophies across singles and doubles.
And now, add defeating the world No. 1 to that list—again.
Kyrgios caused the upset of the tournament at the US Open on Sunday evening, when he ousted top seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a highly entertaining 7-6 (11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 contest.
After the victory—which brought his 2022 head-to-head to 2-1 against Medvedev—the Aussie opened up about his newfound mentality, and even teased a possible mic-drop retirement:
Q: Is part of the ‘process’ liking yourself, appreciating yourself, relishing yourself, what you can internally do? Can you talk about what's going on inside you?
NICK KYRGIOS: I felt like when I was really struggling mentally, I was very selfish. I felt like, ‘I feel bad, I don't want to play.’ Then I looked at the people closest to me and how much I was letting them down, and I didn't want to do that any more.
I just tried to just look at my career. I was like, I feel like I've got so much left to give to the sport. That's it. I just trained hard. I just put my head down, Look, let's get in shape, better shape, first of all. Let's see, like, how it goes…
I feel like I'm making people proud now. I feel like there's not as much negative things being said about me. I just wanted to turn the narrative around, almost. That's basically it.
I just was feeling so depressed all the time, so feeling sorry for myself. I just wanted to change that.
The victory not only sent Kyrgios into the quarterfinals at the US Open—his first time reaching the last eight in his nine appearances—it also ensured the ATP Tour’s No. 1 ranking will change hands after the tournament.
With his defeat to Kyrgios, Medvedev will be replaced by either Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud at world No. 1 when the new rankings are released on Monday, 12 Sept.
But in the meantime, Kyrgios—who didn’t receive any ranking points for his own run to the Wimbledon final—will be targeting a spot in the semifinals when he faces No. 27 seed Karen Khachanov on Tuesday.