Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios believes he would have won the 2022 Wimbledon final had he played against anyone other than Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios was in his first Grand Slam final and managed to win the opening set before he could not stop Djokovic’s charge to another title as the Serb won 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 ( 3).
The 27-year-old showed off his powerful serve throughout the game, firing 30 aces at home to Djokovic’s 15.
But Kyrgios was not so clinical when it came to the final as he converted just one of his six break points, while Djokovic won two of his four.
In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Kyrgios was asked what his biggest lesson from the experience was and while admitting one area of improvement he felt he had played well enough to beat. most players of the day.
“Honestly, I feel like my first slam final was awesome. Next time I’ll try to ride the emotional wave a bit more gently, but I realize how much was at stake,” Kyrgios wrote.
“I think if I was against someone other than Djokovic in the final with the way I served that day, I would have won.”
Kyrgios was playing at his best during Wimbledon and turned a lot of heads with his behavior on the court.
Although he sometimes seems unable to control himself, the Australian suggested it was all part of his game after being asked if his antics were tactical.
“Look at my win/loss record, my titles, my big wins and my earnings, you’ll be fine,” Kyrgios replied.
Another asked why he was so arrogant, with Kyrgios adamant it’s just confidence based on his past experiences.
“People tend to confuse my confidence with arrogance because they have no idea what I’ve been through,” he said.
Kyrgios suffers setback at US Open
After making the Wimbledon final, Kyrgios will be aiming to make another deep run at the US Open when he starts in late August.
But the 27-year-old’s preparations got off to a worrying start after he was forced into a late withdrawal from the Atlanta Open singles on Wednesday.
While Kyrgios managed to win a doubles match with Thanasi Kokkinakis the day before, he opted to play it safe and not risk himself further in singles due to a lingering injury.
“I just want to say that I’m extremely upset that I can’t compete tonight,” Kyrgios told the crowd in Atlanta.
“I won this tournament once and I’m playing some of the best tennis of my career, all I wanted to do was come here and give you a show, to see what I was capable of.
“I can’t give my best performance, I’m extremely sorry.
“I will keep hope and maybe I can continue in doubles with Thanasi.
“I hope you won’t be too hard on me. I was going to come here and see you face to face to tell you that I love you and hopefully next year in singles I can compete and give my all. “
Kyrgios will now likely turn the attention from his singles to the Western & Southern Open, which will take place in August, as he aims to shake off his injury troubles ahead of the US Open.
The Aussie has received a wildcard for the Cincinnati tournament with Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev also expected to play.