Nick Kyrgios lost an outright thriller in his Halle semi-final, but the Australian grass court star will make the world care.
Nick Kyrgios fired 30 aces in losing 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) to Hubert Hurkacz in a dramatic semi-final on the grass of Halle on Saturday.
The Australian wild card, who has excelled on the surface for the past two weeks and backed last weekend’s Stuttgart semi-final, was unable to pick up victory against the Pole who defeated Roger Federer last year at Wimbledon.
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Fifth seed Hurkacz produced 27 aces of his own in a match that lasted more than two hours during which neither man was able to build on the momentum.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Hurkacz, ranked 12th to 65th from Kyrgios, will seek his first grass-court title on Sunday when he plays Daniil Medvedev.
The world number one shattered German Oscar Otte’s dreams of winning a title at home with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 victory.
Kyrgios was in good spirits after falling to Hurkacz, whose massive serve rivals his own.
“He’s a great player,” the Australian said.
“Your service is amazing. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I was getting any kind of reading on it.
“I played well in the last two sets, but I played a shocking tie-break in the second set. It is what it is, I’m happy with my form this week.”
Kyrgios will play again next week in Mallorca in a final tune-up on grass before Wimbledon, which starts on June 26.
“I could use it as an off week, so I won’t worry too much about the result, but now that I say that, when I get there I’ll obviously want to continue my form,” he added.
If Kyrgios were to win the tournament, it looked like he would be seeded for Wimbledon, but it looks like he will miss the cut as he is expected to move up to 45th in the world.
While this will mean he could face anyone, it could be scarier for anyone he faces after his brilliant performances on grass.
Kyrgios is also excited for Wimbledon, even if the fortnight will not offer ranking points due to the political standoff between the ATP and the All England Club after the banning of Russian and Belarusian competitors.
“I want to try to get as many points as I can (before Wimbledon),” Kyrgios said.
“I still want to do well at Wimbledon, but without ranking points you don’t feel as much pressure.”
Medvedev needed 65 minutes to win the first set, helped by a double fault from his opponent on a set point.
He sealed victory on his first match point after 96 minutes, delivering his eighth ace.
“It was hot (32 Celsius/89.6 Fahrenheit), difficult conditions,” Medvedev said. “Reaching the final is not everything, I want to show my best tennis and win the title”. He added: “I am happy that I managed to raise my level this year on grass. I love playing on the grass.” Medvedev is seeking his first trophy since ending Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning a Grand Slam on the calendar last September with victory in the US Open final.
Originally Posted As Nick Kyrgios Loses Halle Semifinal Sends Big Wimbledon Warning