Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has let his racquet do the talking as he advanced to his first-ever semifinal, and he has done it on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon.
In a controlled match, it was Kyrgios that defeated Chile’s world no. 43 Christian Garin in straight sets.
It didn’t look like that might happen after Garin won the first eight points to lead 2-0. The Australian would however quickly come back and break for 3-3.
Some loose shots later in the opening set would gift Kyrgios the first set as he broke again.
Kyrgios was again helped by Garin with some loose shots that saw the Australian break early to seize control of the second set. He would close it out to take a commanding two sets to nil lead.
Garin played more solid tennis in the third set however he wasn’t able to take advantage of several break point opportunities.
The match would be decided in a tie-breaker.
Kyrgios got the first mini-break to lead 1-0, Garin would get one back before Kyrgios got another for 3-1.
Garin then strung four points together to lead 5-3 before Kyrgios won the next 4 to claim a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5) victory.
The most telling stat was that Garin was 1 from 11 with break points won. Kyrgios was three from six.
“I just never thought I’d be at a semi-finals of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed,” an emotional Kyrgios said after taking several minutes in his courtside chair to soak in the moment.
“Honestly, I didn’t go about things great earlier in my career and I thought I may have wasted that little window.
Kyrgios now faces Rafael Nadal who got past Taylor Fritz in an epic 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4).
The Australian famously defeated Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 on his way to a quarterfinal appearance. Nadal was no. 1 at the time.
There is an injury cloud over Nadal who went for treatment during the match.