Kyrgios in uphill battle to progress in Grand Slams

RISING star Nick Kyrgios admits he need to make big improvements to progress deep into Grand Slam tournaments.

The 19-year-old, who captured the imagination of sports fans around the world after beating world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon, bowed out yesterday after losing to Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

"It's been a special week for me, but at the same time it's been so exhausting," Kyrgios said.

"I've got nothing left to give. That's what grand slams do to you.

"If I was to go further, I'm going to have to get stronger. I'm going to have to get so much better in so many areas."

Kyrgios's world ranking will rise to as high as 65 after his giant-killing run, giving him direct entry into September's US Open and the 2015 Australian Open.

Raonic's victory earned him a place in tonight's semi-final against seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. The Swiss ace overpowered countryman Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-6 6-4 6-4.

Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the other semi-final after the Bulgarian knocked out defending champion Andy Murray 6-1 7-6 6-2.

Djokovic took five sets to get past Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-1 3-6 6-7 6-2 6-2.


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