Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios believes he would have won the 2022 Wimbledon final if he was playing against anyone other than Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios was featuring in his first Grand Slam final and managed to win the first set before being unable to stop Djokovic’s charge to another title as the Serbian won 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3).
The 27-year-old demonstrated his powerful serve throughout the match, firing home 30 aces compared to Djokovic’s 15.
But Kyrgios wasn’t as clinical when it mattered in the final as he converted just one of his six break points, while Djokovic won two of his four.
In a Q+A held on his Instagram stories, Kyrgios was asked what his biggest lesson was from the experience and though admitting to one area of improvement, he felt he played well enough to beat most players on the day.
“Honestly, I feel as if my first slam final was impressive, next time I would try ride the emotional wave a little smoother but I realise how much was on the line,” Kyrgios wrote.
“I feel if I was up against anyone else but Djokovic in the final with the way I served that day, I would of won.”
Kyrgios was playing at his fiery best during Wimbledon and turned plenty of heads with his on-court behaviour.
While seemingly unable to control himself at times, the Australian has suggested it’s all part of his game after being asked if his antics were tactical.
“Look at my win/loss record, titles, big wins and prize money, you work it out,” Kyrgios replied.
Another asked why he was so cocky, with Kyrgios adamant it’s simply confidence based on his past experiences.
“People tend to confuse my confidence for arrogance because they have no idea what I’ve been through,” he said.
Kyrgios suffers US Open setback
After making the Wimbledon final, Kyrgios will be aiming to make another deep run at the US Open when it begins in late August.
But the 27-year-old’s preparations have gotten off to a concerning 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 further himself in singles due to a lingering injury.
“I just want to say I’m extremely shattered that I’m not able to compete tonight,” Kyrgios told the crowd in Atlanta.
“I’ve won this tournament once and I’m playing some of the best tennis of my career, all I wanted to do was come out here and give you guys a show, to see what I was capable of.
“I’m unable to give out my best performance, I’m extremely sorry.
“I’m going to keep my hopes up and maybe be able to continue doubles with Thanasi.
“I hope you’ll all not be too hard on me. I was going to come out here and see you guys face to face to tell you that I love you guys and hopefully next year in singles I’ll be able to compete and give it my all.”
Kyrgios will now likely turn his singles’ attention to the Western & Southern Open, which will take place in August, as he aims to shake off his injury concerns ahead of the US Open.
The Australian was handed a wildcard for the tournament in Cincinnati with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev also expected to play.