What’s next for Nick Kyrgios? How did you know that, brother?

Referee. linesman. Referee. fans. drunk fans Hater. trolls. Current players. Former Players. His player’s box. The facility. Tennis. Even.

As long as he’s got that sonic boom serve that looks like a whip cracking but sounds more like a shotgun, he’ll be competitive against big dogs like Djokovic.

As long as he collapses like a house of cards when the momentum shifts against him, he’s unlikely to win a Grand Slam, especially against a T-1000 like Djokovic.

He sped through the first set like he had an early dinner reservation, sometimes pumping the second serve faster than his first.

Then the decluttering started.

When Djokovic broke in the fourth game of the second, analysts were quick to point out that it was the first time in three games that the world No. 1 had done so against Kyrgios. Never mind that their last match was five years ago and Djokovic had won the last three Wimbledon crowns since then.

The most revealing moment came in the third set. On 4-all and 1-set-all, Kyrgios buzzed 40-0 on serve. Win the game, break Djokovic in the next, take a 2-1 lead.

Like most great athletes, Novak Djokovic looked unshakable on his way to a seventh Wimbledon title.

Like most great athletes, Novak Djokovic looked unshakable on his way to a seventh Wimbledon title.Recognition:AP

Instead, Kyrgios did a very Kyrgios thing and melted under the unusually scorching London sun. He lost the game, the set, and then the championship.

After losing that game, he directed his frustration at his favorite punching bag: the people who love and support him the most sit in his player box.

“Why are you stopping?” he yelled. “40-0, 40-15 and you just relax! Why?”

Kyrgios has apparently been unhappy with his entourage throughout the tournament, although you suspect his girlfriend, sister, father, best pal and manager don’t have the answers he’s looking for.

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Perhaps a manager would do that, even if Kyrgios flatly dismisses the idea when it’s brought up. “I would never put that burden on anyone,” he said at the start of the tournament.

At least he has more self-confidence, identifies the difference between himself and Djokovic after the final, repeatedly points to “calmness”.

“You can’t upset him,” Kyrgios said of Djokovic. That’s generally the rule of great athletes: they don’t let themselves be disturbed.

So what now? What’s next for Nicky K? How did you know that, brother?

People are quick to define Kyrgios, but the truth is that he has such a moody soul that he’s impossible to pin down; a walking, strutting, contradicting and that’s what evokes so much emotion in us mere rags scanning the groceries.

He hates tennis – but then he loves it. He’s predicting retirement – but now seems hungrier than ever. He hates the hatred of social media – but documents his whole life on it.

According to Kyrgios himself, the defeat might have been for the best for him.

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“If I had won today, I would have had motivation problems,” he said. “I’ve been told my whole life that winning Wimbledon was the ultimate achievement… It took me 10 years to finally get to the point where I could win a Grand Slam. If I had won this Grand Slam, I would have had problems at other tournaments.”

Then this: “Sometimes I got angry because if you win this tournament, you become a tennis immortal.”

Once Nick Kyrgios is out of the way, suspect Nick Kyrgios will join them.

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Nate Jones

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