Nick Kyrgios books Wimbledon semi-final spot in top four

Australia's Nick Kyrgios lies on the ground after defeating Chile's Cristian Garin during a men's singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Nick Kyrgios has admitted he thought his chances of reaching a grand slam semi-final had passed before booking his trip to the final four at Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios is just one match away from a place in the Wimbledon final after steaming past Cristian Garin in straight sets.

The controversial Australian, whose antics this fortnight have thrilled and appalled in equal measure, reached the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time with a commanding 6-4 6-3 7-6 victory.

“I never thought I’d be in the semi-final of a Grand Slam,” he said. “I didn’t go about things great early in my career and I thought my ship had sailed. I’m really proud of how went about things out here.”

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Kyrgios was on his best behaviour – relatively speaking – on Wednesday, even striding on to Court One in white trainers rather than his preferred red ones, which breach the strict SW19 dress code.

Garin, the world No 43 from Chile, had never won a match at Wimbledon before but got a lucky break when his first-round opponent Matteo Berrettini, the eighth seed and among the favourites for title, withdrew due to Covid-19.

His route to the semis may have been marred by run-ins with umpires, line judges, opponents, the media, the crowd and the fashion police.