Kyrgios Reaching For The Stars

Nick Kyrgios Image courtesy of: Getty Images
Nick Kyrgios is making his mark on the tennis world. Image courtesy of: Getty Images

Nick Kyrgios  would still be flying high after his upset win over World No.1 Rafael Nadal. Not since 1992 has a player ranked outside the top 100 beaten a World No.1. Given no chance by anyone, even his own family, Kyrgios prevailed in four sets, taking Nadal to the edge at every set. He always had the talent but it was the confidence people thought might be his undoing. But that was never an issue, which he showed by hitting an audacious between the legs shot off a Nadal forehand.

He is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. He may only be 19, but he is playing with an old head on his shoulders. Every time Nadal had the upper hand, he always had an answer. This was what continued to have Kyrgios on the front foot. To finish with 37 aces is a huge feat in itself, but to notch that number against the World No.1 is something very special. Everyone is comparing him to Lleyton Hewitt, who at that age was on track to becoming World No.1. Hewitt was successful at Wimbledon back in 2002, but he was two years older than Kyrgios. If Kyrgios can keep that cool head on his shoulders and that powerful serve in his pocket, the kid from Canberra could become the next Wimbledon champion. The only thing standing in his way is Canadian Milos Raonic . Another youngster who is making his mark on the tennis world, Raonic has a great return to counter the Kyrgios serve. The two have already gone toe-to-toe this year, with Raonic coming out on top (6-3 7-6 6-3) at the French Open.

In almost every game so far this tournament, Kyrgios has taken his opponents to the wire. Against Stephane Robert, he came out on top after four sets (7-6 7-6 6-7 6-2). Against fellow wildcard Jiri Vesely it was another four set victory (3-6 6-3 7-5 6-2). But his biggest test, apart from Nadal, came from World No.14 Richard Gasquet. After dropping the first set 3-6, he began to find some form and took the Frenchman to breaking point in the second (6-7). What followed was such a courageous effort, with the game going to five sets and Kyrgios the eventual victor.

 

Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon Run
v Rafael Nadal: 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-3
v Jiri Vesely: 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-2
v Richard Gasquet (13): 3-6 6-7 6-4 7-5 10-8
v Stephane Robert: 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-2

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