Kyrgios Ready For The Big Time

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Can Nick Kyrgios repeat his Wimbledon heroics at Flushing Meadow? Image courtesy of theaustralian/Colleen Petch/News Limited

After defeating Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon earlier this year, Nick Kyrgios  looks to continue his impressive form when he faces World No.24 Mikhail Youzhny  at the US Open.

This time last year Kyrgios was relatively unknown. He was a young up-and-comer who had lost in the first round of the Australian Open and in the second round of the French Open. But after becoming the first debutant to reach the Quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Florian Mayer in 2004, he quickly hit the headlines. Kyrgios is a tenacious teenager full of self confidence and bravado, typified by a carefree shot between his legs against World No.1 Nadal at the All England Championships.

It is easy to forget that Kyrgios is only 19 years-old. His performance at Wimbledon showed maturity well beyond his years. On the grass courts, he defeated Frenchmen Stephane Robert (7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2) and Richard Gasquet (3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 10-8) and his Round 3 victory over Czech Jiri Vesely (3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2) showed just how much his confidence was growing. But his Round 4 giant-killing performance was career-defining. Coming up against Nadal, no one gave him any chance. But after toppling the World No.1, he has jumped from a World Ranking of 144 to 66 - not bad for a kid from Canberra.

But if he hopes to continue his impressive rise in the ranks, he needs to overcome Youzhny, the man they call the ‘Colonel’.

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