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Kyrgios happy to make ‘top 10 players look ordinary’

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Nick Kyrgios is rekindling his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon, vowing to continue making the “top 10 players look ordinary”.

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The fickle Aussie rose to fame at the All England Club in 2014, finishing 114th in the world, stunning two-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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Since then, Kyrgios has been beating the stars and saddening officials while delighting his army of fans.

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“This year I played with the top 10 players in the world and they looked pretty ordinary,” the 27-year-old said on Sunday.

“I know where my game is. I know that if I feel confident, I play well, I can just fire it up whenever I want to.”

The facts support it.

After spending the entire season on clay court, Kyrgios excelled on grass this summer, reaching consecutive semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle.

The sixth racket of the world Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to the Australian in Halle. It was the third defeat of the Greek in four meetings with Kyrgios.

Top-fellows like Andrey Rublev and Kasper Ruud also fell victim to the sometimes-inspired Kyrgios in 2022.

Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2014 thanks to his famous victory over Nadal.

However, recent visits have not been as fruitful and he has yet to go through the fourth round in his last six visits.

He’s been accused of tanking along the way, complaining about the state of the grass last year, admitting he deliberately speared Nadal in the pair’s vicious rematch in 2019.

Kyrgios knows he has what it takes to get back into the second week of Wimbledon.

“I know that if I serve well and play well, I can beat anyone. I used to beat almost everyone in draws, ”he said.

“It’s hard. Few seem to have gotten over the hump of winning the Grand Tournament. I am one of those who have to deal with this every week.

“Like Oh, he’s probably one of the biggest wastes of talent. He must win the Slam.”

Kiryos will continue to play in public.

In recent seasons, he has consulted with fans about serving, perfected his underarm serve, and once even demanded a beer during a game at the French Open.

On the darker, downside, there were thousands of dollars in fines and a delayed 16-week ban in 2019.

“The crowd knows that I will try to bring a lot of energy, bring a lot of talent and showmanship,” Kyrgios said.

“I think that’s just what I came up with now. I can’t get rid of it. It’s just something I want to do too.”

Something else he’d like to see is a softening of the All England Club’s strict all-white dress code, suggesting they’re allowed to wear a black armband or headband.

“I think it will look cool. Obviously Wimbledon doesn’t care what looks cool,” he said.

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