Kyrgios reveals how devastated he is to be beaten by a former world number four as he goes down in the third round

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court

Kyrgios was leading 6-3, 6-4 but when the Russian took a double serve to wrap up the set it seemed he had made it 5-4

Kyrgios said he needed to dig deep

And he was gutted to face a third opponent in as many rounds

A gutted Kyrgios is left with an awful after-match press conference

A gutted Kyrgios is left with an awful after-match press conference

Kyrgios has struggled to find his form since moving to the Australian Open last year

Australian Open champion Kyrgios has revealed how devastated he is to be beaten by a former world number four as he goes down in a third-round defeat to compatriot Karen Khachanov.

Kyrgios battled bravely to go through to the third round for the first time in his career after leading 6-3, 6-4 in the first set, but when Khachanov took a double serve to wrap up the match it seemed he had made it 5-4.

Kyrgios was left with his racket in hand as his nerves were shattered as he said: ‘My match was over in the first set, I really needed to dig deep.

‘I had to come back and pull everything out of the bag. I had a couple of breaks but unfortunately I was just way out of it. I’m really gutted. It’s such a disappointing way to end a career, especially in the third round.

Kyrgios’ coach Peter Nicol said in a television interview after the match: ‘I didn’t know what he was going to do tonight, he said he’d play a little bit more, that is what he did today. He’s had a couple of chances to come back and play and he’s just not done it.’

Kyrgios had no plans for the first set but then took it to the Russian to break him. Khachanov was unable

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