Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios said he wasn’t particularly surprised by going five sets in his WImbledon opener as he acknowledged that it’s nothing new for him. On Monday, Kyrgios edged out British wildcard Paul Jubb 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7 (3) 7-5.
In the 11th game of the fifth set, Kyrgios saved a break point to go 6-5 up, before realizing his second match point in the 12th game to avoid a shock loss. “Just a typical first round here for me. I [have] played so many five-setters first round.
It’s an absolute rollercoaster,” Kyrgios said, per the ATP website. “So just super pumped to be able to just move through, really. Easily could have gone the other way today. A couple lucky shots here or there. He put himself in a position to win.”
Kyrgios: There are no easy wins
Before Wimbledon, Kyrgios reached back-to-back semifinals in Stuttgart and Halle. In the Wimbledon first round, Kyrgios was the absolute favorite to beat Jubb. In the end, it was a pretty tight battle which easily could have gone on Jubb’s way.
“If you look at the results I’ve had the last couple weeks, if I just stick to my guns, the results say I should win pretty easy,” Kyrgios said. “I know it’s not going to be the case. I’ve got to be pretty focused.”
After the win, Kyrgios said he was just glad that he was able to escape with a tight win and give himself another chance at The Championships. “To be honest, how I got through that. I’m pretty proud of myself to be able to sit here as the winner today,” Kyrgios said.
“Couple years ago, who knows. I may have lost that match. I’m just happy to have another chance to go out there and try to put in a better performance.” Kyrgios plays next either Filip Krajinovic or Jiri Lehecka.