(August 25, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Nick Kyrgios knocked out Rafael Nadal Wimbledon in the fourth round. At the US Open on Monday, the Australian almost knocked himself out of the tournament with his conduct. The 19-year-old was hit with three code violations for fits on anger, one away from being defaulted in his victory over the 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1).
Kyrgios hit a ball out of the court and uttered two audible obscenities for code violations.
“I guess just heat of the moment,” said the youngster. “I was frustrated the way I was playing, and, yeah, it was just all that sort of stuff. It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time I play.”
“It was a tough first match playing Youzhny,” Kyrgios said. “Someone that’s played well here in the past and last year making the quarterfinals. I knew I had to serve well, and I hit 26 aces. Those are good stats. I was struggling a little bit about the two-and-a-half hour mark, but I knew that if I hung in I would get that second wind where I could start playing good tennis again, and that’s what happened in the fourth set.”
Andreas Seppi will be the Australian’s next opponent.
“It will be an interesting match. He’s solid on both wings. He has a good serve, as well. I think I’m going to have to play aggressive and keep the match on my racquet. It’s going to be exciting.”
“I’m not going to look past Seppi at all,” he said. “He’s a quality player. It’s going to be a tough match. It’s good to get a win over a seed, but I have to just focus on my next match.”