Kyrgios Stuns Nadal; Wednesday Wimbledon Preview
by Staff | July 1st, 2014, 10:17 pm

Last year Aussie Nick Kyrgios was lifting the boys’ Wimbledon junior title. This year he’s beating current No. 2 and former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal.
Some players, it seems, are impatient with the average 6-8 years to crack the Top 100 on the ATP Rankings.

On Tuesday the No. 144-ranked Kyrgios out-served and generally out-hit Nadal 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals in his first main draw appearance.

“I think I was in a bit of a zone out there,” the 19-year-old wildcard told the BBC. “It hasn’t sunk in what just played out out there. I played extraordinary tennis. I was struggling a bit on return, but I worked my way into it. I served at a really good level and I’m really happy. You’ve got to believe you can win the match from the start and I did. I’m playing unbelievable tennis on the grass.”

Kyrgios will next meet Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat him in straight sets this year at the French Open.

The No. 8-seeded Raonic on Tuesday came from a set down to defeat No. 10 Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3.

The top two Swiss players set up a quarterfinal meeting when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka advanced, both in straight sets.

The No. 5-seeded Wawrinka defeated No. 19 Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3, while the No. 4-seeded Federer beat No. 23 Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer lost only three service points against Robredo in the first two sets.

“It’s going to be fun, I hope,” said Wawrinka to ESPN. “Playing him on grass here at Wimbledon is going to be something special for sure. He’s won so many times; he’s playing so well. But I’m happy with the way I’m playing so far since the beginning of the tournament.”

Federer has not won a Slam since Wimbledon two years ago.

“I feel like my game’s right there,” said Federer. “It’s important to keep it up and not have any major let downs or minor hiccups. I need to be really focused out there. I’m able to do that. I’m healthy. Things are exactly where I want them to be.”

On the women’s side the major upset was No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber hanging on when things got tight, ousting former champ and No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4.

Kerber ended a streak of 22 matches won of her last 23 for Sharapova, including the French Open title.

“It’s unbelievable,” Kerber told the BBC. “It was such a tough match. We were playing on a really high level, and it was so close — every single set was so close…I’m happy I won this battle and am in the quarterfinals now.”

Kerber will next meet another player along the long-legged groundstroke-pounding Sharapova style, Canadian Genie Bouchard.

Other fourth round winners were No. 3 seed Simona Halep routing unseeded Kazakh Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-0, and her next opponent, No. 19 seed Sabine Lisicki outlasting Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Advancing to a all-Czech semifinal meeting were No. 6 Petra Kvitova and No. 23 Lucie Safarova. Kvitova ended the run of unseeded fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 7-5, while Safarova eased past Russian No. 22 seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1.

Upon reaching her first Slam semifinal, Safarova tweeted, “Semifinals of Wimbledon!!! No words…just tears of happiness!!!!”

It is the first Wimbledon semifinal for Kvitova since she won the title in 2011.

“I really didn’t want a third set because I knew we would probably have to close the roof, so there were many things on my mind at the time,” Kvitova said. “When I lost my serve for the first time in the set, I knew that I would really have to try to break back, and I’m glad that I was able to.”

On tap for Wednesday at the All England Club are (3) Andy Murray vs. (11) Grigor Dimitrov, (3) Simona Halep vs. (19) Sabine Lisicki, (5) Stan Wawrinka vs. (4) Roger Federer, (13) Eugenie Bouchard vs. (9) Angelique Kerber, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (26) Marin Cilic, and (8) Milos Raonic vs. Nick Kyrgios.

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44 Comments for Kyrgios Stuns Nadal; Wednesday Wimbledon Preview

Michael Says:

A wild card entrant and ranked 144, Kyrgios played like one possessed and took out Rafa. This was a match which was decided by the sheer serving power of Kyrgios and without doubt he is one of the most powerful servers in Tennis today. This was a lad who had nothing to lose and everything to gain and his game plan was to take out Rafa from his comfort zone with his brutal hitting from both flanks. Particularly the double handed back hand of Kyrgios was awesome and he just culled the ferocious top spin of Rafa with ease. This was a day when everything clicked for Kyrgios to the determent of Rafa. I think this lad has a tremendous potential atleast on grass and hard courts with his brutal power play and for sure, he will be in top 10 soon. He is just 19 and may be the emerging dark horse for this Wimbledon too. Remember Boris won at 17 unseeded. With the degeneration of Tomic, Australia must be fortunate that they found another Champion player amidst their ranks and Tennis is fortunate to have second line players with immense potential like Dmitrov, Kyrgios and Raonic who might dominate the sport in future after the inevitable demise of the current top four players.

Michael Says:

Well, Rafa was not doing anything badly out there. He was playing his natural Tennis. But what can he do against a guy who was serving like cats and dogs ? Unfortunately for Rafa who is one of the best returners in the game was finding it hard to read the second serve of Kyrgios, which settled things in Kyrgios favour. After winning the second set, I thought Rafa would destroy Kyrgios in the remaining two sets as he has been doing right throughout this tournament. But, that was not to be and Kyrgios just held his ground there unable for Rafa to penetrate and stamp his authoritative class. Normally, Rafa with his incessant hitting gets into the psche of his opponents as the match progresses completely demoralizing them. But this was not the day for such manoeuvures and Rafa unfortunately had to hang in his boots. Still the match was too close to call despite just four sets. What spoilt the show for Rafa was tie breakers where Kyrgios just refused to lie down and took it to his opponent. For Rafa, this is third year running where he has been unable to make atleast the quarter finals of Wimbledon and that should be pretty disappointing. But, there is always the next year and Rafa is a player who never gives up hope and fights till the last.

Michael Says:

Now coming to the quarterfinals, my picks would be Novak, Andy, Kyrgios and Roger.

FedExpress Says:

Now where are those who called Nadal favourite to win the tournament after making it to the second week?

Hippy Chic Says:

Given that every Tom,Dick and Harry beat Rafa the last two years on grass i doubt any sensible fan was saying he was the favorite to win Wimbledon,IMO people only thought his chances get better the more he navigates his way through the draw,the conditions generally suit him more the deeper he goes,anyway he lost to a fantastic player so its all irelavant,i really dont know why some people have to make an argument about absolutely any little thing jeez?

kriyuk Says:

Wimby seeding system is proven reliable

Nirmal Kumar Says:

I see people have already started overlooking Raonic and think Kyrgios is the favourite for next match. Interesting.

metan Says:

Some people still think like Rafa will never comeback to Wimby after this lost. As his fan I have anticipated it before, and it was not a shock . He always has a.bad match up with the tall guy. Nick is not the only one who has outlasted him.

But great for Nick, he has the quality become a top player. No fear and has power. Skill can be learned, can be improved by having more experiences later on.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Today is the first big test for Roger. It’s pretty confusing the way Roger has been playing throughout the year. He played very few bad matches, but most of them came at important moments.

Also it becomes difficult to predict the pattern of his play during the matches. He seems to start well and play good for couple of sets, but strangely the wheels were coming off.

He was better player than Stan till they entered second set tie-breaker in MC. Same was the case against Gulbis, till he threw away the set point in second set and cooled off completely. What to make of Roger is a mystery at this stage. I wish with Rafa out, he takes this chance, like he did in 2012.

but historically, the next match Roger faces after Rafa loses in a slam is the toughest one. He went for a tight 5 setter against Haas after Rafa lost in FO 2009. It was a close 5-setter against Julien in 2012, after Rafa lost to Rosol. In 2013, he strangely lost the match, after Rafa’s loss.

Let’s see how it pans out. Still his movement on the FH is not great, against Robredo he was able to coverup, but now sure if he can do the same against Robredo.

madmax Says:

It’s been difficult to find the interview from Rafa after his loss, I think it is always interesting to hear what he has to say. I have found a small extract, so it gives some idea – he is off to the beach anyway now. No point in dwelling.

Rafael Nadal after losing to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios:

“When you have an opponent who decides to hit the ball really strong and serve like that you are in trouble. I don’t think that I played badly. I hadn’t seen him playing on the other surfaces, grass is only two three tournaments a year but when you serve that big you will always have a chance. I don’t know if he is a guy I will keep meeting the sport is a mental battle at a times, he has all the qualities but things are always a little easier when you are just arriving. When you are there for a while people start to see the negative things about your tennis. We will see if he can stay at the top level but I wish him all the best.”

“When you have nothing to lose you can play the way he did today. When you are playing in the last rounds, it is harder to hit 140 mph second serves. For him the next round for me the beach. My draw was not the best against a lot of players who cannot give you a chance to play very much. I am not upset that I lost today.”

Source: BBC

gonzalowski Says:

Oh it’s a disappointment…
but good for tennis the appearance of Kyrgios, congratulations for him. If only he had appeared on Novak’s side ;)

BTW I don’t like Melbourne’s supporters, since their behavior on AO’14 finals.

Hippy Chic Says:

Backing up one great win with another is a difficult thing to do,Rosol,Darcis,Brown,Starkovsky all failed miserably hmm….

Polo Says:

Just because you beat Nadal (especially in a slam event) does not necessarily mean you will beat your next opponent. Hippy Chic just pointed out the fate that await those players.

Polo Says:

fate that “awaits” (that’s for the grammar police).

Michael Says:


Welcome back !! It has been a while since you chatted in this forum and we all missed you particularly Okiegal.

Well, regarding Nadal’s defeat, he lost to a player who was on fire and threw all caution to the winds. He just served wildly, hit the tram lines and hit a barrage of shots from both flanks disorienting Nadal. As Rafa said, he didn’t play badly.But what can he do against a player who was having his day on the court ? Remember before this incredible Wimbledon run, this guy had only registered wins in the Challenger ciruit and much in the professional arena. But it does look he is a Star on the horizon. What is your thought ?

Michael Says:


Today is the first big test for Roger. It’s pretty confusing the way Roger has been playing throughout the year. He played very few bad matches, but most of them came at important moments.

I too agree. Today is a big test for Roger and nobody is sure about his real level in this tournament. But, Rafa’s exit has made things slightly easy for Roger and he may now fancy his chances. But still he has a mountain to climb with Wawrinka and either Kyrgios or Raonic on the way to the finals

Hippy Chic Says:

Can i just add as an overall generalisation,that if a poster doesnt blog for a while,its not necassarily because they are bailing out on a player,im guessing that maybe just maybe people have issues in the real world ie jobs,holidays,personal problems,or even a computer thats getting past its best etc etc,not all of us spend all day everyday sitting in front of a computer,its called real life for goodness sake??

contemperory Says:

Regarding Rafa’s loss or Kyrgios’s win: Is Kyrgios another Rosol or Darcis? Only time will prove that. It is too early to say that a star is born, imo. Grass is not Rafa’s cup of tea anymore. US Open is coming and Rafa’s chances are up there along with Novak and Andy. I am a fed fan but he is facing his last 1-2 years in career and his probability of winning any slam is close to nil.

Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, I think Michael was just happy to see Alison posting again, hence the welcome. I would be very happy if somebody says the same to me if I have not posted for a while.

Hippy Chic Says:

Polo lol no no please no,i actually sent that post before id even seen Michaels post which was lovely,it was more about the post at 4.33am,sorry just to clear up that confusion oh dear….

Nirmal Kumar Says:

FedExpress.. I was one of the posters who claimed Rafa as favourite, but I’m still here..

Michael Says:

Now the question lingering on everybody’s mind is whether Kyrgios can carry forward this murderous form to his next match and eliminate Raonic ? In many of the past instances, players who secure a major scalp in their earlier match lost the next match without a whimper. Rosol, Darcius met that fate when they defeated Rafa in their earlier matches. What will happen to Kyrgios ? Time will tell ? But I do agree with Contemporary that it is quite premature to celebrate the arrival of Kyrgios as a Star.

Michael Says:


Yet to share your thoughts on the future prospects of Kyrgios as a Star on the Horizon ? What is your say ??

Hippy Chic Says:

Michael hi and thankyou,sorry my above post wasnt for you as i wouldnt say that about you,anyway ive cleared up that confusion now hopefully,anyway about Nick ill call him that as i cant begin to try and spell his surname,a star is born? hmm i suppose its hard to say but he indeed has alot of talent and a big game and a great serve,Raonic is also an up and coming new young player with alot of potentail,so that indeed will hopefully be an interesting match,interesting times ahead anyway,and again i must say sorry about the confusion….

Michael Says:

Metan @ 5.42 am

Win and lose is part and parcel of the game. I do not think Rafa is so weak hearted that he would never henceforth put his foot on the famed Lawn Court. Honestly, he is not made of such inferior material. Love or hate him, nobody can deny that Rafa is a ferocious fighter who will fight till the last and never gives up. But, we did have a legend named Bjorn Borg who couldn’t tolerate his loss to Mcenroe at the 1981 Wimbledon and US Open, became discomfited and quit the game. He did come back after a while to never shine again. That quitting turned out to be the greatest blunder of his life for if he had not quit, he would have amassed more than 17 since he was just 25 when he left the game and had already won 11 Grand slam tournaments.

Hippy Chic Says:

Nirmal Kurmar you said that and your a Federer fan,and your still here,so did Madmax whos also a Federer fan,i had no unrealistic expectations of him winning the title and im a Rafa fan,but then again who knew,aint that why they play the matches?

Michael Says:


Thanks !!

Yes. Wise to stick to the proverb “Do not count the Chicks, before they are hatched”. I think we must give some time for this lad to prove himself. Ofcourse he has secured the greatest scalp in his sporting life in the form of Rafa. But this is only the beginning and he has much to prove. Let us wait and watch as to how he grooms himself from hereon. But watching him play gave me an impression that he has indeed potential to become a top 10 player.

Hippy Chic Says:

Michael exactly its just that grass is not Rafas surface anymore where it was once his second best,he made the final five times and won it twice,so no disgrace,its just that things have moved on,the irony is that Rafas better at the USO and AO now?

Hippy Chic Says:

Uncle Toni said last week Rafa loves grass given all hes achieved on the surface, so will always play Wimby,not playing Wimbledon isnt an issue….

Giles Says:

Hopefully next year will be slightly easier for Rafa with the extra week between FO and Wimby. At least he can have a bit more grass practice. Losing his first match in Halle and playing an Exo is hardly sufficient preparation going into Wimby.

Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, thanks for the clarification. I was surprised to read your post about “welcome” because it seemed so out of character coming from you. You have always been gracious. You still are.

Polo Says:

Why wouldn’t Nadal love grass and Wimbledon? It’s the most prestigious title to have of all the slams!

Polo Says:

Had Gasquet converted one of his match points against Kyrgios, we would not have been talking about him at all at this point. We would have been extolling Nadal’s great chance of winning another Wimbledon. Surely, Nadal would have easily beaten Gasquet knowing that the latter is a basquet case against Nadal. What a difference a point makes (somebody mentioned that earlier, I forgot who).

Hippy Chic Says:

Thankyou Polo i say the same about you too….

madmax Says:

Hippy Chic Says:
Nirmal Kurmar you said that and your a Federer fan,and your still here,so did Madmax whos also a Federer fan,i had no unrealistic expectations of him winning the title and im a Rafa fan,but then again who knew,aint that why they play the matches?

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:07 am

Hippy, many people thought Rafa would be here in the second week, may be I should address that to Fed Express? Many put Rafa down as a channel slam winner, winning Wimbledon. And why not? He has just won the French.

No one is safe now. Were they ever? It was said this was the most wide open Wimbledon this year, for a very long time.

I would not worry about your guy too much. He is enjoying himself now, can have an extended FO celebration.

I am v pleased that Roger has reached the second week. Many thought that Robredo would give him a tough time yesterday. That wasn’t the case, but I think Wimbledon starts now, QFs, to reach the QFs of any slam is tough. Now the focus begins more than ever before.

madmax Says:

I think Rafa’s interview says a lot and will be interesting to read the full interview once the embargo is lifted. He is right, it is the longevity in matches, the build up of reputation over a period, that gets forgotten, we look for the next best thing, the new kid on the block and forget the joys and spoils of the players we have known for so long. I suspect the does mind losing the match. Who wouldn’t?

Kyrgios will be on a mission, that is for sure, but then so will all of his opponents.

The nature of sport.

madmax Says:

Hippy, I must admit, I was surprised. Rafa always comes back after his first set loss, and when that happens he finds another gear. Just wasn’t his day. He will be one of the players who quickly puts this loss behind him and moves on.

Hippy Chic Says:

Madmax thanks i had no expectations anyway,to be quite honest it was a surprise that he even made it this far,and a relief that he didnt lose the 1st match,no Rafa fan with an ounce of common sense or credibility thought for a minute that he was a shoo for the title,one or two possibly said it but its not something i read much from Rafa fans in general,it just seems that sometimes people like to find a quarrel from any little thing really…. Says:

Kyrgios is no Rosol or Darcis. He won Wimbledon Jrs last year and was #1 ranked junior,
Expect to see a lot of this teen!

contador Says:

Nick the Kid cannot have much left in the tank, can he?

Nirmal Kumar Says:

HC, I don’t think predicting Rafa would win a GS is unrealistic expectation, even if it’s on grass. People think of last 2 years, but what about the guy reaching 5 finals and has 2 titles, and most likely could have had 3.

Let’s not put down the greatest of champions so easily. These guys made us tennis fan really proud, let’s give them the respect they deserve.

For me though i’m a Roger fan, the respect I have for Rafa is immense and I consider him a Roger’s equal without any doubt, no matter he reaches 17 slams or not.

Hippy Chic Says:

Thankyou Nirmal Kumar,your a very fair Federer fan,and great to see that you respect and admire other players too,which is very refreshing to see on this forum,and a change from the usual player bashing that goes on between one set of fans and the other….

tennis bubble Says:

I just don’t think a star is born by a single match I can only see Dimitrov as the true contender. He is showing results since last year and improving every time. He has got a good game right attitude good coach & the best girlfriend.

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