Nick Kyrgios, Australia‘s last man standing in the French Open, has crashed out against formidable South African opponent Kevin Anderson in a 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 loss.

Despite dominating early – with predictions that his immense serve would be practically unstoppable on the clay court looking like they might be right – he began to falter, bedevilled by hip and shoulder complaints which made it difficult for him to keep up his run of straight aces.

Kyrgios conceded that his chances of winning were all but gone from back in April when his grandfather died. “After my grandpa passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything, really,” he said. “When I was back home, it was tough. I mean, I can’t talk about it. I can’t.”

Despite Kyrgios’ frankly superhuman four straight aces, it’ll most likely be his frustrated attack on a changeover chair with his racket that people will remember. 

In fact, he lost it a few times on court when he was unable to follow through on the promise of his serve.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing just to lose, but, to be fair, my preparation for the claycourt season hasn’t been great. I feel like I’ve way underdone,” he told reporters.

Samantha Stosur is now Australia’s great hope at this point leading into the third round.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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