Nick Kyrgios defeats Filip Krajinovic media reaction, highlights, latest news

Nick Kyrgios let his ‘sublime’ tennis do the talking in his last outing at Wimbledon and it sparked fresh debate over whether he could truly fulfill his potential and win a Grand Slam.

The Aussie destroyed No.24 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2 6-3 6-1 in the second round on Thursday night in a focused performance that was in stark contrast to his controversial five-set first-round win.

While Kyrgios still made headlines taking a shot in the media after his latest win, much of the backlash in the UK focused on the mind-blowing level of tennis he produced – and the sad reality that this kind of performance was all too rare in his career.

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Owen Slot, written for the Timessaid: “If someone can put together three sets of tennis better than Nick Kyrgios did on the No. 2 court on Thursday, then he’ll probably find himself the winner of the whole tournament.”

“After being blown away by him in a ridiculously one-sided 85 minutes, Filip Krajinovic, the 30-year-old Serb, said he ‘never had anyone to destroy me like this,'” Slot wrote.

“Krajinovic was the No. 26 seed and runner-up at Queen’s two weeks ago, so he’s a reasonable witness. “Today was unreal,” he said. “I did not know what to do.”

But Slot said it was “the conundrum” for Kyrgios.

“The tormented genius. The supreme artist, fatally imperfect. Who knows what he could have accomplished in his career if he could have arrived on the court with his head as clear as here?

“Tennis like that just screams ‘potential champion’ at you. But you don’t know what you’re going to get from Kyrgios or when you’re going to see tennis like that again from him. His career is a long dissertation on how a talent high can take you and how it can leave you short if you don’t have vertigo.

Simon Cambers, write for the Guardiansaid the tennis produced by Kyrgios, especially in the opening set when he hadn’t dropped a single point on serve, was “bordering on absurd”.

“With Nick Kyrgios you never know exactly what you’re going to get,” he wrote.

Two days after wrestling past Paul Jubb and spat at a fan he believed was abusing him, the Aussie produced a flawless performance to enter the third round, the kind of display that, s if he were to reproduce on a consistent basis, would make him a world champion.

“…Kyrgios has always been an enigma. Brilliant at times, petulant at others, he probably sought controversy more than any other player of his generation. There were times he was wronged and many where he was wrong. What you see tends to be what you get. Even in his bad times, he’s honest and he’s not about to change.

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Ian Herbert, writing for the Daily Mailnoted that Kyrgios’ post-match criticism of his media coverage showed he still harbored a deep sense of victimhood.

“The ensuing performance from Kyrgios gave the graphic impression that he can progress far here and provide a magnificent boost for these championships, if he can only find the temper,” Herbert said.

“Kyrgios’ press conference showed just how fragile that self-control is. His conduct against Jubb, which ended in his spitting at fans, drew criticism here and in Australia, but he was clearly impatient. to discuss the “disrespect of the media”.

“…There was an unmistakable melancholy in the wish he expressed to be appreciated solely for his tennis, when he fails to see why his conduct is such a big part of the narrative.”

“No one knows which Kyrgios will appear next, but this version could go a long way here.”

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Some, however, believe it to be a leopard unable to change its spots when it comes to Kyrgios.

“He was sublime but that doesn’t change my feelings about Nick Kyrgios,”

Analyst Catherine Whitaker said on the tennis podcast.

“He’s not in the mix and he should be getting a tremendous amount of physical and emotional therapy before his next and next round,” Whitaker said.

“I don’t think he’s physically or emotionally capable of winning a Grand Slam tournament. I just don’t think beating Krajinovic easily on grass changes everything we already know about Nick Kyrgios.

“Nick Kyrgios’ problems, his psychological flaws appear when he thinks he might lose. He can’t stand the prospect of losing anymore. There’s always a deviation, always rage, always completely inappropriate behavior. His psyche doesn’t can’t stand not being good enough anymore.

“It doesn’t surprise me that in a game where he was never threatened at any point he could have been brilliant. But he wasn’t tested emotionally or physically today and you can’t make a Grand Slam without being emotionally or physically tested.

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