Nick Kyrgios did not hide his disappointment after leaving the US Open, saying that all tournaments outside of the Grand Slams are «pretty much a waste of time». The 27-year-old Kyrgios exited the US Open following a five-set loss to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals.
After ousting top seed Daniil Medvedev a round earlier, Kyrgios entered Khachanov’s match as the favorite to win. But Khachanov had other plans as he handed Kyrgios a 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 loss.
Kyrgios opens up after losing to Khachanov
«Honestly, I don’t even care about any other tournament.
I feel like at Grand Slams, now having success at a Grand Slam, it’s like no other tournament really matters,» Kyrgios admitted. «It’s like you get better, you get worse, then at a Grand Slam none of that. affairs.
You win or lose. People don’t really care if you improved on the day or lost 4 in the 5th or played one of the best matches in the tournament. You lost, so that’s all people remember at a Grand Slam, whether you win or lose.
I think almost every other tournament during the year is really a waste of time. You should run and perform at a Grand Slam. That’s what they remember you for.» After finishing second at Wimbledon, Kyrgios came into the US Open determined to win his first Grand Slam singles title.
The way Kyrgios played, many had him as a legitimate title contender. Eveb, although Kyrgios defeated Medvedev and reached his first US Open quarterfinal, he felt he «just failed.» «I’m obviously devastated.
I just feel like I was winning all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I’ve failed this event right now. That’s what it feels like,» Kyrgios said. Kyrgios will not compete in the Laver Cup later this month as he now plans to return to Australia.