Alex de Minaur has suffered a heartbreaking collapse at Wimbledon having lost the match from two-sets up in the fourth round.
De Minaur was unable to convert either of two match points in the deciding set of a sapping 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-6 (10-6) loss to unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin on Monday.
The 19th seed looked on track to set up an exciting all-Aussie clash against Nick Kyrgios in the last eight before becoming the first player at the 2022 championships to let a two-sets-to-love lead slip.
Australia's top ranked player also let slip a 5-3 lead in the fifth set super tiebreak to see him crash out of The Championships.
And De Minaur was rightfully gutted after the tough loss.
"Yeah, tough match to lose. Was a big opportunity. Probably not too happy with myself right now," the 23-year-old said.
"I didn't play the important points right. It's been kind of a recurring sort of event for a while now, so it's something I've got to improve on.
"Two sets to love up, had break points in the third, had match points in the fifth. I mean, the match was full of chances, that's for sure."
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De Minaur said while he enjoyed a run into the second week of Wimbledon, the loss was hard to fathom.
"Everyone is probably going to go out here and say, 'Look, you're happy with the week you have had, a great week, try to take the positives out of it. But realistically it stings," de Minaur said following his first foray to the last 16 at SW19.
"It's not going to go away for a while. I'll do my best to forget about it, but it's probably not going to happen."
Nick Kyrgios sets up quarter-final clash
While De Minaur wasn't able to advance, compatriot Kyrgios overcame a shoulder injury to defeat American youngster Brandon Nakashima to seal a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2 victory.
The Aussie was able to navigate tough periods during the match, when he vocalised that he couldn't hit a forehand, with his booming serve.
Kyrgios received treatment from the second set onwards, but showed he wasn't ready to let this Wimbledon opportunity slip through his grasp after closing out the match in emphatic fashion.
The World No.40 also offered fans a glimpse into his psyche showing a more personal side to himself during the press conference.
Kyrgios made a stunning admission that he wanted to battle through the tough period on Centre Court and was able to enjoy the moment towards the end.
“He was playing really well. I wasn’t playing that great. But I was almost enjoying the competitiveness,” Kyrgios said.
“That’s probably the first time in my career where I wasn’t playing well, regardless of playing Centre Court Wimbledon, fully packed crowd, (and) I was able to just say, ‘Wow, look how far I’ve come’, to myself.
"I was bouncing the ball before I served. I really just smiled to myself. I was like, ‘We’re here, we’re competing at Wimbledon, putting in a good performance mentally’.”
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