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It is time for Nick Kyrgios to win a Grand Slam. How does he do that? First, he gets himself a coach. My suggestion? John McEnroe. Second, he has to commit 100 per cent and stop being afraid of failing.
His victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas last night was incredible and with his draw this is now an unbelievable opportunity for him to make the final. But you have to win seven matches to win a Slam and at some stage you have to play percentage tennis.
It cannot all be about entertainment. You can combine it but he hasn’t got the balance right in his career. He claims he is not motivated by winning Slams but I don’t buy it. Are you telling me he wouldn’t take being in the men’s final in seven days’ time? He would love it.
Nick Kyrgios knocked out fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a controversial showdown
Why did he take up the game in the first place? To hit underarm serves between his legs and entertain the crowd? There’s no player that ever plays that is not motivated by winning slams.
All his antics, deep down, I think it is a defence mechanism. Because if he made the full commitment and then didn’t make it to the level where he’s winning Slams, then he’s a failure, in the public’s eyes and in his own.
When he’s losing to someone ranked lower than him and he just starts messing around, it’s almost like justifying it himself — like, I could beat him if I really wanted to. It’s a cop-out.
He’s had a lot of publicity this week, some of it adverse from when he spat in the direction of some fans after his first-round match. That was disgraceful. Sometimes you’re going to be a target for a few people in the crowd. Is that right? No, but you can’t spit in their direction, that’s inexcusable. It’s disgusting.