Nick Kyrgios said he had 'lost his love' for tennis this time last year after he reached a first Grand Slam semi-final.
Kyrgios has always been one of the most naturally talented players on the whole ATP Tour, but he has been too often let down by a lack of discipline and an apparent thirst for controversy.
While his talent is worthy of winning Majors, he has instead left a trail of bad behaviour and ATP fines in his wake instead.
However, he has been more focused than we have ever seen him before at Wimbledon this year, and he has been rewarded for that with his best ever run at a Grand Slam.
He will face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final, assuming the Spaniard gets over his abdominal injury, and he was in reflective mood when questioned by the press on what that means to him.
Asked how he would describe his road to becoming a Grand Slam finalist, Nick Kyrgios said: "Rocky.
"But, honestly, I'm so proud. Honestly, at the start of the year, I didn't even know if I wanted to really play like a proper schedule at all. I don't really play a proper schedule now.
"I obviously had thoughts the last year, year and a half, whether I wanted to play anymore. Lost the love, lost the fire, lost the spark. Then some things just changed in my life.
"I don't know. I kind of just rediscovered that I've got a lot of people that want me to play, that I play for. I've got a lot left in the tank.
"I feel like I'm probably playing some of my best tennis, mentally feeling great.
"It's been a long road. I think it was a seven, eight-year gap to make a quarterfinal here from my first one. It's been a heck of a ride."
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