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Nick Kyrgios shrugs off ‘streak’ loss

Canadian Masters semi-finals loss was the Australian's first since the defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last month
Nick Kyrgios
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Reuters   |   Montreal   |   Published 14.08.22, 03:30 AM

Nick Kyrgios’ nine-match winning streak ended in the Canadian Masters semi-finals on Friday when eighth-seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz blasted his way to a 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-1 victory.

Enjoying a superb run of form, the loss was Kyrgios’ first since falling to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last month.

Since then the 27-year-old has been on a roll, including a title at the Citi Open, before running into Hurkacz who improves his record to 2-0 against the Australian. 

“Nick has been playing really unbelievable throughout the past few months,” Hurkacz said. “Battling against him, it’s very challenging, but it’s also fun. He can make every single shot... I was just trying to serve good and stay aggressive.”

The two big servers pounded away at each other, with Hurkacz blasting 20 aces and Kyrgios hitting back with 19 in a contest that produced two breaks, both going to the Pole in the final set.

Hurkacz will next face Norwegian fourth seed Casper Ruud, who strolled into the last four by sweeping aside sixth-seeded hometown favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-1 6-2.

Kyrgios shrugged off the end of his winning streak, saying in his usual blunt fashion that he could not care less and was more interested in getting home after the US Open to see his parents, who are not well.

“I honestly don’t care,” said Kyrgios, adding that he would head to Cincinnati as soon as possible where he will continue his build-up to the final grand slam of the season. “So I don’t really care about ‘no winning streak’.”

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