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Subdued Kyrgios overpowers Garin to make Wimbledon semis

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his quarter final Wimbledon match against Chile’s Cristian Garin. (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

LONDON (Reuters)

Nick Kyrgios reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of his chequered career with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Chile’s Cristian Garin at Wimbledon today (July 6).

The unseeded 27-year-old lost the opening nine points on Court One but ultimately had too much firepower for Garin who had hoped to become Chile’s first Wimbledon semi-finalist.

Chile’s Cristian Garin looks dejected after losing his quarter final match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

In surpassing his previous best Wimbledon run to the quarter-finals eight years ago, Kyrgios becomes the first Australian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for 17 years.

On the eve of the match, Kyrgios was summoned to appear in a Canberra court next month on an alleged assault charge, hardly ideal preparation for one of his biggest matches.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Chile’s Cristian Garin shake hands after their quarter final match. (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

But any off-court distractions he managed to put to one side in a relatively low-volume display sprinkled occasionally with the instinctive shot-making that makes him such a draw.

As in his five-set win over American Brandon Nakashima in the previous round, Kyrgios kept his volatile temperament under wraps, although he regularly lambasted his sizeable entourage as the match dragged on.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Chile’s Cristian Garin shake hands after their quarter final match. (Photo: REUTERS/Matthew Childs)

Once again his serve underpinned his game, digging him out of trouble whenever Garin threatened to drag himself back into a contest that drifted away from him after his fast start.

Garin, who beat Kyrgios’s compatriot Alex De Minaur from two sets down in the previous round, battled hard to extend the third set into a tiebreaker and led 5-3 in it before Kyrgios hit back to win the last four points.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios girlfriend Costeen Hatzi celebrates after he won his quarter final match against Chile’s Cristian Garin. (Photo: REUTERS/Matthew Childs)

One of tennis’s great enigmas will now face Rafa Nadal or Taylor Fritz in the semis.

“An amazing atmosphere again,” Kyrgios said. “I never thought I’d be in the semi-final of a Grand Slam. I thought that ship had sailed – that I may have wasted that window in my career.

“I’m really happy I was able to come out here with my team and put on a performance.”

READ: Nick Kyrgios to answer charge of assault against ex-girlfriend

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