Kyrgios loses to Khachanov in the Australian Open quarterfinals

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court in three hours The Australian Open tennis tournament was not without its drama on Friday, with the top…

Kyrgios loses to Khachanov in the Australian Open quarterfinals

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court in three hours

The Australian Open tennis tournament was not without its drama on Friday, with the top seed Kyrgios suffering the most emotional defeat of his career.

Having stunned Andy Murray in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, the Kyrgios-Khachanov drama saw the top seed lose his fourth consecutive grand slam quarterfinal. The 31-year-old had won eight of his previous 14 top-five sets against Murray – including a four-sets-to-one result in the last encounter – prior to his quarterfinal defeat.

Although Kyrgios had been unable to convert his serve into winners at set points, he nevertheless ended the match with an 88% success rate as he destroyed a total of two rackets in three hours on court.

Kyrgios will now hope to recover from the loss, but he also said his career was on the mend. “I’m devastated, to be honest. You don’t want to go out like this,” said the world number 36. “It’s a very poor way to finish. I have to come back here and win a couple matches. I can still win a couple more.”

Having suffered an opening set deficit – and also a double fault at 4-all – Kyrgios was also unable to convert into wins. In the third set, he finally converted his second serve, winning it, only to then double fault at 4-all.

Kyrgios will move to number five in the ATP rankings on Sunday, having overtaken Juan Martin del Potro as the world number three in the latest rankings published by the RPI.

“It’s really difficult sometimes. I have to remember how competitive I was in my first days here,” said Kyrgios.

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