Nick Kyrgios' Story About Playing Nadal In 2019 Goes Viral
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Nick Kyrgios entered the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a win over Brandon Nakashima.
Surviving a close call in five sets, he will look to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in his career.
Per Luigi Gatto of Tennis World, Kyrgios reflects on his growth off the court over the years.
The 27-year-old recalled being out all night before a big match against Rafael Nadal three years ago.
"In 2019 my agent had to kick me out of a pub at 4:00 am before I could play Nadal," Kyrgios said. "I have a different mindset this year.
I've come a long way, that's for sure."
Three years ago today, Nadal knocked Kyrgios out of the second round at the All England Club.
Kyrgios has since openly discussed his mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse.
"It was very serious, to the point of self-harm and it's not okay," he told Wide World of Sports' Craig Gabriel two months ago.
"I feel like I pushed everyone who cared about me and I wasn't communicating, and I put off real life and I was trying to handle and deal with my own problems.
I was using a lot of alcohol, drugs and it got out of control."
According to CNN's Mattias Gries, Kyrgios said he is in much better headspace during his current Wimbledon run.
I've come a long way, that's for sure. I guess it's daily habits and the people around me... Now, to sit in the quarter finals of Wimbledon, feel good,
Feeling composed, feeling mature and being around me, I am extremely blessed and I feel comfortable in my own skin."
Eight years ago, Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals by defeating Nadal in his first of nine career meetings.
Kyrgios may have an opportunity to repeat his early career win over Nadal this weekend.
The Australian-born player will face Christian Garin on Wednesday.
A win would set up a rematch with Nadal if the No.2-ranked star beat Taylor Fritz in his quarter-final matchup.
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