Nick Kyrgios defeated by Milos Raonic at Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios will enter the world's top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic. He was tired, but he competed, admirably. There was disappointment, but certainly no shame.
Kyrgios was eliminated by eighth-seeded Raonic for the second consecutive grand slam, both times as a wildcard, this time 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). The 19-year-old's tournament may be over, but so are those days of relying on grand slam handouts, or qualifying. He has a seat at the adults' table now.
And deserves to, for Kyrgios has shown he is capable of regular success at second-tier Challenger level, and shines when the level is raised, as well. The big league is where Kyrgios belongs, and if he has arrived earlier than expected, it would be a massive surprise if he is not here to stay. This fortnight, the youngest player in the men's draw was among the last eight.
On Wednesday, the expectation had been that Kyrgios would suffer some kind of let-down, or come into it feeling a little flat. But that four-letter word did not seem to be in the Kyrgios vocabulary, not in the early stages, at least.
He was not as sharp as on the previous day, but he was up for this, make no mistake.