Nick Kyrgios has become one of the most entertaining athletes to follow across the globe in recent times. From witty answers at press conferences, to tantrums on the court, Kyrgios has gained quite the reputation.
After being dumped out of the US Open in the quarterfinals by Karen Khachanov in what was a highly entertaining and competitive clash, the Australian, in typical fashion, slammed his racket against the court repeatedly.
Krygios destroys his racket which flies across the court, before picking up his other one and firing it against the ground.
— Adam Smithy (@AdamJSmithy) September 7, 2022
With Djokovic not allowed to participate and Nadal eliminated, this was the Australian's best chance to win that elusive first Grand Slam.
Nick Kyrgios on his US Open exit
Speaking after his fifth set defeat, Kyrgios couldn't hide his disappointment with himself over his performance.
Kyrgios said in his on-court interview:
I feel like I let so many people down,
These four tournaments are the only ones that matter and I feel I have to start all over again.
Kyrgios has the most tour wins out of any player since June, looked like he might have to retire the game after the first set. The world number 25 had to receive medical attention after a knee injury and Nick Kyrgios can be heard saying that he "could not walk".
The Wimbledon finalist went on to win the second and fourth set, but ultimately fell short and exited the major.
Karen Khachanov was ecstatic with his win over Nick Kyrgios, that has sent him into the semifinal of the US Open.
Speaking after the match, the Russian said:
Crazy match like I was expecting it would be,
I am ready to run, to fight, to play five sets. We played again for almost four hours and that's the only way to beat Nick I think.
I'm really proud of myself, I was really focused from the beginning to the end and I got the win
Next up for Khachanov is Norwegian Casper Ruud for a place in the US Open final.