Nick Kyrgios pulls out of doubles deal with Thanasi Kokinakis to focus on singles Wimbledon glory

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Nick Kyrgios has stepped out of his doubles bout at Wimbledon to focus on what could be his best singles title performance ever.

Following his unexpected rock ‘n’ roll doubles run at the Australian Open earlier this year with friend and teammate Thanasi Kokinakis – where “Special KS” became the first Australian pair to win the title since 1997 – many people wondered if they would rekindle their partnership to compete for another trophy.

But after defeating 26 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 overnight, unseeded Kyrgios announced he was withdrawing from men’s doubles to focus on his personal push. .

“I’m a singles player: my priority has always been singles. I’ve been here in the quarterfinals before, I’ve won singles titles,” Kyrgios said. Hours after Bedin and Kwon Soon-woo had their singles victory.

“I played about four hours in my first round. I, personally, just had too much time on the court.

Two days after struggling to tame Briton Paul Jub in front of vocal Court 3 fans, Kyrgios was the very model of focus as he knocked out Serbian Krajinovic with brutal efficiency.

Kyrgios made headlines for his antics against Jub, but was calm and in control in his victory over Krajinovic.,Getty: Steven Paston / PA,

“I just wanted to remind everyone that I am great,” Kyrgios said bluntly, still in a still-smiling, factual mood in his interview on Court 2.

“I didn’t play well the other day – today, I was in the zone.”

Kyrgios also dismissed recent media criticism of his behavior at a post-match media conference, which included spitting at a spectator, for which he was fined US$10,000 ($14,500).

“I guess I don’t get respect sometimes, you know?” They said.

“There was nothing the media could possibly tell me that I did wrong today. I just know you can’t ask me anything and stir nothing.

“It was kind of a reminder to all of you to get back to your place.”

From there, he had demonstrated why he considered himself one of the best grass-court players in the world, having recently demolished a capable, seeded opponent to reach the coveted Queens Club final.

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Devastating behind his first serve, the Australian secured his victory within an hour and a half, smashing 24 aces and losing only nine points on his own delivery.

Attracted by the idea of ​​seeing Kyrgios, who admitted to spitting at a spectator at Tuesday’s contest, was left desperately into self-destruct mode as the brawl magnet was on his best behavior.

There was an initial dispute over a line call before the serve and a murmur or two towards a coughing spectator, but they did not register even as the most minor tremors on the normal Kyrgios scale of deceleration.

In the first set, Kyrgios did not miss a single point on serve and only scored the first off his own ball after 21 straight points, when there was already a 2–0 lead in the second leg.

Krajinovic looked increasingly frustrated as the winner was in the lead, and Kyrgios finished with a flourish, on the Serb’s serve to pursue a backhand return for his 50th winner that sealed the deal.

It set up a mouth-watering third-round clash for Kyrgios on Saturday with number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Australian teammate and friend, Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

“I’ve got an incredibly tough draw, but I’ll keep taking it match by match.

“I’m excited. I think we’ve both earned right. We’re two of the biggest stars in the sport. Hopefully, if we both bring out our best tennis, it’ll be amazing to see.”

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