With a convincing 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Chile’s Cristian Garin at Wimbledon on Wednesday, Nick Kyrgios advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal of a storied career.
Although the unseeded 27-year-old from Court One dropped the first nine points, she ultimately outplayed Garin, who had hoped to advance to Chile’s first Wimbledon semifinal.
Kyrgios becomes the first Australian to make it to a Grand Slam semi-final in 17 years by exceeding his previous best Wimbledon run to the quarterfinals from eight years ago.
Kyrgios received a summons to appear in court in Canberra next month on an alleged assault charge on the eve of the match, which was not the best preparation for one of his greatest matches.
However, he was able to ignore any off-court distractions with a quiet performance that was periodically punctuated by his innate ability to score clutch shots.
Similar to his five-set victory over American Brandon Nakashima in the previous round, Kyrgios controlled his explosive demeanour, but as the match wore on, he frequently berated his sizable entourage.