Nick Kyrgios admits his body is “hurting” as he plays at Wimbledon for the fourth day in a row.
The Australian will take on Canadian young gun Felix Auger Aliassime in the third round late on Saturday night (AEST).
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Wimbledon is the first tournament Kyrgios has played since the Australian Open in February, and he has had a gruelling schedule at the All England Club.
His epic five-setter in the first round against Ugo Humbert was played over two days due to Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew.
Kyrgios returned the following day to for his second round match against Italy’s Gianluca Mager, who he defeated in straight sets.
The 26-year-old is also playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon, striking up an unexpected playing partnership with Venus Williams.
It has proved successful so far, with the pair winning their first round match in three sets.
“Man, I’m hurting,” Kyrgios said of the toll his packed program has had on his body.
“Physically, I’m actually getting out of bed and I’m struggling. I just got a full body massage.
“Obviously this sport demands a high amount of preparation and training.
“It’s a physical week. I’m doing the best I can. I’m trying to eat well, I’m trying to get some rest, I’m trying to recover as much as I can, and stay hydrated. I’m doing all the right things. My body is holding together now.
“But yeah, I’m definitely in pain. I definitely wouldn’t be feeling like this the year I made quarters (2014), my body was so used to it. Again, I’m okay with that. I’ve got enough, I think, to continue.
“I think mentally I definitely feel better, knowing that my body can still go the distance, I can still play the level and back up as well. So I mentally feel good.”
Kyrgios said he’s looking forward to his clash with 13th seed Auger Aliassime and knows he’ll have to be at his best to progress to the round of 16.
“It’s a very intriguing match-up,” he said.
“I always have been a massive fan of FAA. I think he’s got the platform and the game to really push this sport into something really exciting again.
“I love watching him play. He beat Roger (Federer) a couple weeks ago. So I think his game is awesome. He plays big. He backs himself.
“And, tactically, I’m going to do the same things. I’m going to serve big and play big. If it’s enough, it’s enough. If not, too good.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for him. He’s a hell of a player. He’ll be a grand slam champion one day, I’m sure, and he’s going to do some special things.
“I’m unseeded. I go into that match as an underdog. But there are people that are going to be expecting me to win. That’s just the weight I carry, and that’s just what it is.”
The 26-year-old is in the second match on Court No. 1 and his match will get underway from 11.15pm (AEST) according to Wimbledon’s order of play.
Originally published as Kyrgios ‘hurting’ at Wimbledon