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July 3, 2015
N. KYRGIOS/M. Raonic
5‑7,7‑5, 7‑6, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† You really turned it on from 4‑3 down in the second set.¬† Was it the headband?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† No.
Q.¬† The headband help?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† No.
Q.¬† Was it a tip to anyone?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† No.
Q.¬† It's almost like a symbolic turnaround from last year.¬† This time you win.¬† Is it a measure of how far you've come in your own mind?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, definitely.¬† I feel as if physically, massive improvements.¬† I wasn't struggling at all.¬† If it was to go into a fifth, I would have still felt confident.
I didn't want to lose again, I lost to him twice at Grand Slams.¬† I thought it was a good day.¬† I played some really, really good tennis.
Q.¬† He brings a lot of heat with his serve, 10 miles an hour more often than you.¬† You seemed to out‑serve him.¬† Your impression, as well?¬† Can you talk a little bit about your serve.
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Serve was good.¬† Great execution.
Q.¬† You had a wild double‑fault.¬† Is that kind of the way you are, then you get calibrated, because the serve was fantastic after that?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† You know, on grass, it's a bit of a risk to go for a big second serve.¬† Most of the time it does pay off.¬† The guys don't expect you to go big.
I thought we both sort of felt the pressure a little bit from the serving standpoint.¬† He started double‑faulting a little bit also.¬† I thought that was a result of me chipping and making a lot of returns.
We served well.¬† But I thought I just maybe made a bit more of an impression on the return games.
Q.¬† What are the things you have to do well against Richard, he'll be chasing revenge himself?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Serving is key.¬† He's going to make a lot more returns.¬† He's going to obviously play solid from the ground.¬† He's a magician from back there.¬† I'm going to have to play the same type of tennis.¬† I'm not going to change anything.
Q.¬† You have a pretty good record in Grand Slams compared to the regular tour.¬† How do you explain that?¬† Is it a question of motivation, five‑set format or...
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I don't know.¬† Maybe turn it on a little bit.¬† I feel as if this is why we play the game, I feel.¬† This is why I play, the big, big stages.¬† When there's a chance to do well at Grand Slams, all that.
I really don't know.¬† I think I just turn it on for Grand Slams.¬† I don't really know what to say.
Q.¬† Can you reflect on the match with Richard from last year.¬† How important was that for you?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I just know hanging in is key, obviously coming down from two sets to love last year.¬† He's played plenty of Wimbledons.¬† He's good on grass.¬† He's made semifinals here, I think.
He knows what he has to do out there as well.¬† I'm going to play my game.¬† Whatever happens happens.¬† That's what I did last year as well.
Q.¬† Three days till the match.¬† Routine stay the same?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I have mixed in about an hour.¬† That should be a bit of fun.¬† Can't be all serious out there.¬† I think it's actually a good thing.¬† I'll obviously hit every day, do everything I can to prepare.¬† Recovery, nutrition, sleep.
Q.¬† You mentioned sort of feeling different physically out there than a year ago.¬† Is that a result of any changes you've made in the way you prepare?¬† If so, tell us a little bit about that.
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I've just been doing a lot more work off the court.¬† I've been putting in a lot of hours, not so much on the court, but in the gym, running, you know, just some things.
I've cleaned up my diet a little bit, as well.¬† I think I'm in better shape than I was last year.¬† I'm just a lot more confident with my movement.¬† I'm trusting it.¬† Not always trying to hit the winner, trying to construct some points as well, which is good.
Q. ¬†Everyone got excited last night watching Dustin Brown playing.¬† How important is it to play entertaining tennis?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think it's important.¬† I think it's good.¬† Dustin was very entertaining yesterday.¬† I was watching it.
You know, I knew what he was feeling, because sort of like me last year as well.¬† I thought he played some really courageous tennis as well.¬† The crowd loved it.¬† He's very unorthodox what he does out there and I thought it was pretty cool.
Q.¬† Can you explain what you did with the headband?¬† They were telling you to turn it inside‑out.¬† What is your general thought about the dress code here?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I like it.¬† What kind of question is that?
Q.¬† What's the situation with the headband?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† They told me to turn it around, so I turned it around.
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† No problem, mate.
Q.¬† About the entertainment, do you feel sometimes to lose your focus or concentration when you play with the crowd or with the ballboys?¬† How do you keep focused after?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think when I'm in that state of mind, when I feel relaxed and I'm playing around, I think that's when I play my best tennis.
I'm focusing, but at the same time I'm having fun.¬† When I find that balance, I play some really good tennis.¬† I thought I was doing that today in the second, third and fourth.¬† I was chanting to the crowd every now and then, playing with the ballboys.¬† That's a good place to be out there.
Q.¬† There was a guy in a Batman T‑shirt that you were speaking to off the court.¬† Did he help you during the match?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, he was just a fan, you know.¬† I thought he was key in the match.¬† He was actually saying some really good things at crucial moments.¬† I think he helped.
Q.¬† There's not as many characters in tennis as there used to be.¬† You're your own man, play with personality.¬† Do you feel there's a bit of conformity in tennis?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, I guess so.¬† I like to watch entertaining tennis.¬† As you say, Dustin Brown, Ga√ęl Monfils, those guys have a lot of fun out there.¬† At the same time, a guy like Federer, I love watching guys like that as well.¬† They're unbelievable tennis players.
I'm the biggest believer in saying nothing out there or being a robot.¬† I feel you should express yourself.¬† You know, it's a sport.
Q.¬† How important is it you're attracting a lot of young fans to the sport?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I think it's important.¬† Obviously the future of tennis is important.¬† So the more people that are interested in it and wanting to play, I think it's good.
Q.¬† You had some very good interaction with the fans.¬† At one point you told one off for saying something that wasn't funny.¬† Can you recall what that was?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah.¬† I thought she said something like, Pull your head in or something.¬† She started laughing.¬† I thought that's what she said.¬† I didn't really find it funny.¬† It's easy when you're just sitting there and you're just watching, when you've got no experience at all on the court.
Q.¬† He got you a lot on inside‑ins down the line.¬† You were playing cross‑court, inside‑out forehands.¬† Crucial points, he kept going to your forehand.¬† Fantastic passing shots cross‑court.¬† Do you think he went there too often?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, I mean, he does go to the forehand a little bit.¬† I think that's his more favorite shot when he's coming forward.¬† I think he's improved a lot from the ground.¬† He was making really good shots today.¬† I thought he played a really good match.¬† Could have gone either way obviously with that third‑set breaker.¬† I was impressed with his level.
Q.¬† How did you lift your level so dramatically after the first set?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Just hung in there.¬† Focus.¬† It's a Grand Slam.¬† Best‑of‑five tennis.¬† There's a lot of tennis to play out there.¬† You lose a set, no need to panic.
Q.¬† How did you change your diet?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I'm obviously not eating as many carbs as I used to.¬† I never used to hold back with the rice and stuff like that.¬† I'm just looking out a bit more during the day and snacking and all that.
Q.¬† A fan at this year's Australian Open called out to Serena, telling her to bend her knees, which she did.¬† She said it helped her.¬† Could you tell us what the fan said to you that was good advice?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Before I was serving, he always said something like, Send down a bullet, or something like that.¬† At that stage I'm thinking, Let's try to make it a really good first serve here.
I think it's good.
Q.¬† Nick Bollettieri talked yesterday about the letter he sent to you.¬† Can you reflect on this letter and what's inside?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I only briefly read it.¬† I didn't really read it in much detail.
I wasn't really thinking too much about Nick Bollettieri's letter today when I was playing.
Q.¬† You said you don't care what people think about you.¬† Are you aware there's a lot of discussion back home in Australia about you and your image, your behavior?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† Are you concerned at all about that?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† No.
Q.¬† Do you think the further you go in the tournament, it might change people's opinion?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Not at all.¬† I think if you keep winning, they'll just stay onboard, simple as that.
Q.¬† What about the ones who aren't onboard, and then if you keep winning, jump onboard, what do you think about that?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I don't care.
Q.¬† You have a lot of belief.¬† Do you think you can go all the way and win the tournament?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah, I think if I play the right style of tennis, obviously if I'm serving well, feeling good out there, I think I can go close.
I have a tough task ahead.¬† Gasquet is playing some really good tennis.¬† Beating Dimitrov in straight sets is not an easy task on the grass.
Q.¬† Were you surprised by the Nadal result yesterday?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Yeah.¬† I mean, I was surprised.¬† I knew that Dustin had a chance to win with the style of tennis he plays on the grass.¬† Very unpredictable.¬† That's the style of tennis that can hurt Nadal on the grass.¬† I didn't think he was capable of keeping it up for as long as he did.¬† It was pretty impressive.
Q.¬† What were the dynamics or the physics when you hit the racquet and it went up?¬† How did that happen?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† I threw it, face down, it bounced over the fence.¬† That's what happened.
Q.¬† You weren't planning to do that?
NICK KYRGIOS:¬† Obviously not.¬† I don't want to hurt anyone.¬† It was a good catch by the fan anyway.¬† Caught my racquet.
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