ATP Washington: Nick Kyrgios, Frances Tiafoe lose to rising star duo in quarterfinal

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and American partner Frances Tiafoe have exited the Washington doubles event. 

Kyrgios and Tiafoe, who received a wild card for Washington, suffered a loss against Sebastian Korda ajd Jannik Sinner as the rising star duo won 6-4 6-4. 

Sinner and Korda claimed the opening break of the match in the first game but got broken back in the second game. 

However, Sinner and Korda kept their focus as they earned their second break in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game. 

In the second set, korda and Sinner saved saved three break points in the eighth game before breaking Kyrgios and Tiafoe in the ninth game. 

After taking a 6-4 lead, Korda and Sinner had no problems serving out for the match. 

Kyrgios out of Washington

Earlier this week, Kyrgios suffered a surprise loss to Mackenzie McDonald in the Washington singles first round. 

“I’m not feeling the severity of certain points, and I don’t feel the pressure as much as obviously playing week in, week out,” Kyrgios said, per Tennis Majors. “You feel when you kind of have to press, when you kind of have to relax, when you kind of coast, when you kind of push. I don’t really feel like my body and my mind quite understand the severity of some points here or there because I haven’t played that much.”

Kyrgios admitted that these days he doesn’t get too much frustrated after losing. 

“I feel like I actually enjoyed my tennis more when it was so up and down,” Kyrgios said. “Like you see me today, like I’m losing and I’m barely getting angry. I actually miss the days when I was losing and I was carrying on and I was getting fined and I was throwing my racquets, I was carrying on.

“That just meant that I just cared a lot. Do you know what I mean? Like I actually cared what was happening. Now I lose and I’m actually happy for the other guy. Back then, I couldn’t stand the other guy. Now I’m like… I don’t know, I don’t know. I always had this theory when people got angry when they’re losing, really angry, that it was a sign that they cared. Do you know what I mean? Like it’s positive. Now, I don’t know. It’s weird, man. It’s really weird.”