Wimbledon without Matteo Berrettini: Nick Kyrgios’ confession.

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A challenge skipped, complete with a sigh of relief.

Nick Kyrgios puts his controversy with Stefanos Tsitsipas behind him and puts Cristian Garin, his next opponent at Wimbledon, in his sights. But he doesn’t forget who he might have faced on the grass in London, namely Matteo Berrettini.

“I’m not thinking about winning Wimbledon, or hitting the final or semifinal,” he explained in a press conference. “I just want to have fun and take my satisfaction day after day. After I faced Tsitsipas I woke up with my shoulder hurting, but right now I don’t think anyone feels 100 percent. Then I have to say I feel lucky, because on my side of the scoreboard was Berrettini at the beginning. But it didn’t work out that way.”

In other words, Kyrgios admitted to being refreshed by the missed challenge with Berrettini: “He on grass is very fearsome. Definitely knowing that I will not face him is a good relief. Now I’m in the quarters of Wimbledon and I’m very happy, because I think I will have an important opportunity on my hands.”

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