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June 26, 2014
N. KYRGIOS/R. Gasquet
3/6, 6/7, 6/4, 7/5, 10/8
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† Do you feel that it's actually been a while coming?¬† You made such rapid strides in the game.
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, it was an unbelievable match out there.¬† My first ever two sets love down, coming back and winning.¬† It's an amazing feeling.¬† So proud of yourself the way you hung in and fought it out.
I played some unbelievable tennis today.¬† He was coming up with some really good shots as well.¬† I think I saved nine match points.¬† There's plenty of opportunities he could have taken.¬† I came out on top, I'm really happy.
Q.¬† What's the bigger achievement, coming from two sets to love down or nine match points saved?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think two sets love down.¬† At that stage it seemed like a massive hill to climb.¬† I stuck in there.¬† I just fought and I gave myself the opportunity to win the match.
Q.¬† What were you thinking while you were facing each one of these match points?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I was just thinking I just need a big serve every time.¬† That's what I was thinking.
You know, a couple times where I missed my first serve.¬† Obviously the challenge kept me in it.¬† I was just thinking about going through my routine, coming up with something, going after it, playing aggressive.
Q.¬† The Australian fans were very vocal in the front row.¬† Does that help or can it be distracting at times?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think for me it definitely helps me.¬† I like to sort of engage with the crowd, show a lot of emotion out there.¬† Knowing they're going to tough it out with me for that long period really gets me going.
It makes me enjoy the match a little bit more.¬† I think it definitely helped me today.
Q.¬† That was one of those really close‑call challenges.¬† What was your feeling that you saw that the technology could keep you in the match?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I mean, I guess that's why we have it today.¬† I can't really say too much about that.
The serve was in.¬† It was a bit unlucky to be called out.¬† It was a good serve, would have saved another match point.¬† That's the way it was.
Obviously I was relieved that it did catch the back of line.
Q.¬† You seem to love the big stage.¬† Where does that come from? ¬†Have you always been like that?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I'm not sure if I've always been like that.¬† I just enjoy having a big crowd, trying to entertain them a bit.
I think you just got to refuse to play bad out there for the crowd.¬† I think you got to find your best tennis sometimes.¬† That's what I did today.¬† I think the crowd enjoyed it a lot.
Q.¬† Geoff Masters said to you afterwards it was a career‑defining match for you.¬† Is that overstating things or do you feel that way?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think it's a massive steppingstone for me to finally reach the third round of a Grand Slam.¬† Especially to come back from two sets to love down, it can be a building bridge for more things to come.
It is my biggest career win, I think.¬† So I'm going to take a lot of confidence out of me moving forward.
Q.¬† Gasquet said to us afterwards that he saw you as a future top‑five player, potential Grand Slam winner.¬† What are your own goals?¬† How far do you think you're going to go?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† My goal is to become the No.1 player in the world.
He's a great player.¬† He sort of made me play some of the best tennis I ever played today.¬† They're very kind words.¬† It's motivation to keep working hard.¬† He's noticed I can do something special in this sport.
Q.¬† You were standing between changeovers.¬† Is that something you always do?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Sometimes I do that.¬† Sometimes I'll sit down.¬† It's nothing out of the ordinary for me.¬† I'll do stuff like that all the time.
Q.¬† Talk about Vesely, the next opponent.
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† He had a massive win today, winning in five sets.¬† He's also young.¬† He's on the rise.¬† He's got a really aggressive game, big serve.¬† Big hitter as well.
I think the grass is suiting him nicely.¬† Well done to him, as well.
Q.¬† You go after your matches and write down your thoughts and send them out to the world on your blog.¬† What might the introduction to the story be tonight?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Haven't thought about it at all.¬† At all.
Q.¬† Could you perhaps give us a sense of how the words might fall?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Wow!
Q.¬† How are you feeling physically?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† As soon as I came off the court, I was hurting a little bit.¬† But I went to the gym.¬† I did everything I needed to do.¬† Good nutrition.
I'm feeling pretty good now actually.¬† I think I've come a long way since the Australian Open second round.¬† That's all positive.
Q.¬† The Australian Open second round, that fifth set, first five‑set match, what have you been doing to increase your strength?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, I've got a great strength and conditioning coach.¬† He's been doing the hard yards with me.¬† I've really committed to buying in what he wants me to do.¬† I think I've developed as an athlete along way.
I think I'm getting better every day.¬† I think maybe just a bit more experience as well managing my emotions out there, so...
Q.¬† Anything specific you're doing?¬† Running, weights?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Combination of all, yeah.
Q.¬† How do you think you'll pull up in two days?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I haven't thought about that at all.¬† I'm going to do everything I can to get me in the best shape possible.¬† I think I'll be fine.¬† I'm going to go through good nutrition, good sleep, all that stuff.¬† I think I'll be able to get up for the third round of Wimbledon.
Q.¬† Australia has had a long wait for a Grand Slam winner since Hewitt here.¬† Are you feeling that pressure from your country?¬† Tomic was hotly tipped but has been surrounded in controversy during his career.¬† Is that a cautionary tale for you?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† There's a little bit of pressure there.¬† At the same time they obviously see that you can win Grand Slams and stuff like that.
It's all motivation.¬† But I'm not really thinking too far ahead.¬† I've got a long way to go still.¬† I just have to stay on the ground and keep working hard.
Q.¬† Across many years Australian men have always had great results here and love the grass.¬† Do you get a sense that Wimbledon has a special magic for Australians?¬† What does it mean to you to play here?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, I think all the Aussie players are pretty comfortable on the grass.¬† Luke Saville, qualifying, winning a round, great result.¬† Lleyton, Bernard, we're all comfortable on the grass.
All the Aussies when they come to Wimbledon, we think we have a bit of an advantage because we are comfortable on the grass.¬† It's an exciting time of the year.¬† We don't get to play on it that often, but I think all our games suit it.
Q.¬† Can you describe a bit about your background.¬† Is it Greek ancestry you have? ¬†How did you get into tennis?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I'm half Greek and half Malaysian.¬† My mom is Malaysian.¬† I got into tennis when I was seven.¬† My mom brought me down to the local tennis center in Canberra, my hometown.¬† I wasn't keen.¬† I didn't want to play it.
It wasn't a bad choice.¬† I like it now.
Q.¬† What made you stick with it?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think my dad was pretty big on becoming a tennis player.¬† I enjoyed it as well.¬† I loved basketball as well at the same time.¬† I think it was good to have that balance of another sport while I was progressing.
At 14 I had to make a choice, and I chose tennis.
Q.¬† Might I ask what your parents do for jobs?¬† Is it correct you played basketball for Australia, as well?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I never played basketball for Australia.¬† I was decent.¬† I never played for Australia.
My dad is self‑employed, he's a painter.¬† My mom is a computer engineer.
Q.¬† How big are you going to be in Canberra?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I guess I'll be pretty big.¬† I'm not sure.¬† I don't know if they'll notice me or anything like that.¬† I don't know.
Q.¬† Talk about the goal of getting to the very top.¬† Do you have a time scale in mind?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think it's just a long journey.¬† There's going to be a lot of ups and downs.¬† I've just got to do all the right things, work hard, keep having great effort.¬† Hopefully if you marry that up with your ability on the court, anything is possible.
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