World number 132 Nick Kyrgios‘ Quarterfinals run around the 2022 Indian Wells Masters will bring him closer to breaking into the top 100 again. The Australian’s run was a testament to the talent he lacked, just a certain level of discipline that could make him more successful on the Tour.
The Australian was defeated by the 21-time Grand Slam champion in the last eight Rafael Nadal but not without a fight from Nick. In a match that lasted 2 hours and 46 minutes, Nadal prevailed in a 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4 win, advancing to the semifinals and ending Nick’s run with his first tour event of the Season that last played at the Australian Open 2022 where he won the doubles title.
With controversy and drama not far from Nick, there were also tense moments in the match with Nadal. Nick threw his bat toward a ball boy just missing the kid. Although unintentional, it was not good publicity for the sport. The game also saw the Chair umpire calling a heckler disrupting the match among the other dramas on the pitch.
However, Nick’s actions didn’t sit well with many fans, who once again called him out via social media handles, urging the player to expect more severe penalties for his actions. While Nick was clearly unhappy with the comments, he did emphasize that he does indeed bring attention to the sport and that people are the ones spreading negativity.
“I feel like I’m helping the sport get more exposure and anyone who thinks I’m bad for the sport is just an idiot. As if they had any idea. And they have no idea. People suddenly think they are relevant. And no, you are irrelevant. You have a small social media account where you text people.
“You spread negativity. It’s embarrassing and you can see how it affects people. It concerns Russell Westbrook. It affects people. It concerns Naomi Osaka. It’s been affecting me for years and it’s not good.” Kyrgios said in his post-match press conference after losing to Nadal.
Nick Kyrgios wants to jump 30 places in the rankings
Kyrgios’ run will see him become the new world No. 102 when the rankings are updated after the Indian Wells tournament concludes. Nick looks more motivated and should easily move into the top-100 if he continues to play like he did in the desert last week. With a wild card, Nick will next play at 2022 Miami Masters where a similar run will propel him back into the top-100.
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