The post-pandemic world has cooked up a lot of surprises. It is almost fitting that Nick Kyrgios is reaching a grand slam final in what feels like a post-Armageddon world. With the worldwide pandemic, which started 2 years ago, not going anywhere, in a few nights time, Nick Kyrgios is scheduled to face the winner of Djokovic-Norrie.
Over the years, many many pundits have dismissed Nick Kyrgios’s chances of making a grand slam final. However, despite the doubts, Nick Kyrgios is in a couple of days time, competing in an arena known as the spiritual home of tennis- Centre Court of Wimbledon. For Nick, it has been a very long time coming. Many in the tennis sphere even began comparing Casper Ruud’s recent ascension to the French Open final as a reason why Kyrgios will never be on the same level as players from the next gen like Ruud.
However, as of last night, Zverev, Tsitsipas and Ruud and Berretini have only come as far as Nick, technically. If Nick was to win Wimbledon, and win grand slam number 1, one could reasonably deduce that he has overtaken these players, career wise.
At the moment, Kyrgios is in an elite club of players to have made a grand slams final Players like Jo Wilfred Tsonga, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, David Nalbandian. For Kyrgios already, a major career redemption arc has taken place. By qualifying for the semi final, Nick Kyrgios became the first Australian male into a grand slam semi-final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. The last Aussie male in a quarterfinal before Nick did in 2014? You guessed it, Lleyton Hewitt.
Nick Kygrios has undoubtedly become the most successful men’s tennis player in the last 20 years since Hewitt reign came to an end.
But is it finally time to give Nick his flowers?