‘I’m hurting thinking about Dominic Thiem right now,’ says Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios set up a mouth-watering clash with Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open, but admitted he was ‘hurting’ too much to think about it.
Kyrgios came through an absolute epic against Ugo Humbert on John Cain Arena on Wednesday, saving match points in the fourth set before dominating the decided.
He will now face US Open champion Thiem in the third round, with the Austrian yet to drop a set in the tournament so far.
And, after his marathon clash with Humbert, Kyrgios said although it was a special night for him, the physical effort to turn the match around had taken a toll.
“Now I feel old,” said Kyrgios. “I just want to have a glass of red wine after my match. I’m hurting thinking about playing Thiem right now.
“I don’t think I’ve saved match points at the Australian Open before, I’ve had match points and lost.
“It was a crazy one. I’ve been a part of many matches and this one is a match that I’m still kind of in awe about.
“The stadium didn’t feel half full, it was insane. I was just speaking to my physio, who has seen me play matches, epic five sets that had everything, and that match had everything. It is definitely one of my most memorable matches.”
“I felt like I didn’t have anything against him in the fourth and fifth sets. I thought he was playing better from the ground and maybe I was serving a little bit better than him. All I had today was experience.
“I’ve been in so many big matches, on that court in particular. I felt like I was an old, savvy veteran who had too much experience.
“I don’t think he’s been involved in too many five-set matches, in Australia, with that kind of crowd. I tried to make him play and somehow got out of jail.”
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