Kyrgios Wins Another 5-Setter, Nadal Looming; Djokovic v Sinner QF

by Staff | July 4th, 2022, 7:15 pm

Nick Kyrgios got back on Centre Court and he made the most his return going to distance to defeat American upstart Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2.

Now 6-0 in Wimbledon five set matches, Kyrgios fired 35 aces. The Australian was in a reserved, contained mode but complained early of shoulder pain, later requirement treatment and meds.

”I have played a lot of tennis in the past month and a half. I am proud of the way I steadied the ship after he came out firing in the fourth set,” Kyrgios said. “My five-set record is pretty good. That is what I was thinking about. I have played a lot of five-set matches here. That is what I was thinking about. I have been here before and I have done it again.

“Brandon hasn’t played on this court. All those experiences that I have had on this court got me over the line.”

Nakashima was the steadier at the start and in his first Centre Court appearance and first meeting with Kyrgios, went up up a set. Double faults got the better of Nakashima early in the second, leading to a Kyrgios break.

In the third, Kyrgios got up again as the meds kicked in. Closing in on the finish, Kyrgios let a game go and Nakashima was able to force a fifth. But the 20-year-old could handle the occasion early and Kyrgios coasted to his 11th win on the grass this season.

Up next will be Cristian Garin who came from two sets down for a fourth time in his career in a 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6[10-6].

“Honestly, I don’t have any words right now,” said Garin. “I just gave everything I have. It was a very tough fight. It was a battle. I think Alex is an incredible player, for me one of the best on grass.

“I am exhausted. I just gave my best, and I think in the fifth set it was for him or for me. We both fought a lot… Nobody knows what happen in the tiebreak. I tried to be aggressive, went to the net, and tried to be aggressive with my serve as well. I think that was the key.”

De Minaur had break chances in the third and held two match points on Garin’s serve in the fifth but came up just short in 4 hours, 34 minutes.

Taylor Fritz cruised into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal crushing Australian qualifier Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours.

“A first Grand Slam quarter-final, it’s a really big deal,” said Fritz on court. “To be a part of the final eight, and I’m glad I could get the win on the fourth of July, being an American. It’s great, being in my first quarterfinal, it just shows that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.”

“There’s not really any secrets, it’s just a lot of time and hard work that I’ve put in,” said Fritz. “I started to kind of find my game at the end of last year, and I’ve been building and working, doing the right things, and it’s good to see that it’s paying off.”

Fritz, who has won his last eight matches and hasn’t dropped a set yet at Wimbledon, will take on Rafael Nadal in a rematch of the Indian Wells final where Nadal was injured.

Nadal eased past Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6). Nadal led by a break 5-2 in the third before the Dutchman mounted a late charge. Nadal got it to a breaker and won it on his fourth match point after Van De Zandschulp push a smash wide.

“I continued in a positive way,” Nadal said. “I think, until the end [when] I played a bad game at 5-3, [it] had been a very positive match against a difficult opponent. Botic has been improving unbelievably in the last year, so huge congratulations to him this amazing improvement.

“In a personal way, after all the things that happened the last couple of months, to be able to be in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after three years without playing here [since 2019], it’s amazing for me, so [I’m] very, very happy.”

Nadal is now 10 wins from the Calendar Slam.

Tomorrow, the quarterfinals begin with Novak Djokovic looking for his 26th straight win on grass against Jannik Sinner who is seeking his first win over the Serb and his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Later, British No. 1 Cameron Norrie takes on Belgian David Goffin.

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2. Marie Bouzkova v Ons Jabeur

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2. David Goffin v Cameron Norrie

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27 Comments for Kyrgios Wins Another 5-Setter, Nadal Looming; Djokovic v Sinner QF

skeezer Says:

Nick the cool, calm, collective.

Sinner down 1-4 to Joker, then promptly reels off multiple games and wins 7-5 first set.
He should have more respect for the Novax.

Daniel Says:

Sinner leading second set, what is happeing? not able to watch.

Anto Says:

What the heck is happening to Nole. Is an upset on the cards?

skeezer Says:

Sinner is simply, outplaying him. Better serve, better groundies, better movement. Up 2-0 sets. It’s not over, but Djoker better hope Sinner stops simmering.

Anto Says:

What is happening to Nole?

tennismonger Says:

After seeing Sinner’s wins over Wawrinka & Alcaraz it was clear to me that he’s playing a different game here than most of the players…but Novax does seem way off today, am I right?

Anto Says:

Is an upset sill the more likely scenario? or is Djoko going to play better and make this interesting ?

skeezer Says:

Djoker gets a break in the 3rd, so here we go. And Novax was playing fine in the beginning, but Sinner’s game came in strong. Right now its just really about if a 20 year old can hold up mentally on this stage.

Daniel Says:

Seems Djoko got his sh@#$t together at leats for this set. Let’s see, baby steps now, hold gets this set and reset for 4th.

Anto Says:

Now the match is on.

tennismonger Says:

Jeez…how much longer will we continue to watch the Big Three (TM) crush the hopes and dreams of generation after generation of players….poor Sinner!

Giles Says:

What did joker take whilst on his toilet break? Anyone have any ideas?

zed Says:

In the first set I would have said Novak was being thrown by the choices Sinner was making if not for the multiple double-faults.

Those double-faults suggested to me that Novak’s mind wasn’t concentrated and it took sometime before he was able to 100% focus.

After the second set, I honestly thought he couldn’t come back and he proved me wrong again.

Maybe some meditation took place.

Truth Says:

Funny how the “knowledgeable fans” suddenly say they saw his mental issues today.
The infantile gutted deer just stood in one position & threw away his serve in the 1st set.
Non stop ping pong for 58 minutes.
He gave up in the second set. Sinner did nothing different in the first hour compared to the last hour.
Let’s face it. If a far superior grass player showed up in the 1st match, Dr. Liarvic would be gone. Then again, he said he was defiant when no other tourney was played. Shameless, money grubbing, manipulative, deceitful mentally ill sheep.

Now people act like he was a warrior today.
He has no ranking points. He has no legacy. He’s eager to brag about throwing his career away for Nadal. He congratulated him. Then he said “I would’ve had my chances to beat him.” Trash.

zed Says:

Still struggling Truth? Still in pain?

It’s eating you up from the inside isn’t it? The Vitriol right? It’s caustic, it slowly but surely grows like a cancer, its tendrils spreading, until there’s nothing left in you that isn’t corrupted.

I think you’re pretty far gone, there might still be a chance you can reverse some of the damage but it’s unlikely. From what I’ve seen you are already too poisoned.

The truth, Truth, is that Novak Djokovic is an incredibly successful young man who has already cemented his place in history. He has a beautiful young family and has the admiration of LITERALLY many millions of people. You, I am sure, have jack sh!te and the love of no one.

What a sad little man you are.

tennismonger Says:

Judging from his expression, it could only be…bull semen.

zed Says:

I’ve never tried it Tennismonger, what does it taste like?

tennismonger Says:

Haha…got me zed…but truth be told, it’s not unlike Gil Reyes’ infamous “Gil juice” (though a lot less watery) with which he used to ply Andre Agassi during the latter’s more trying workouts (& matches). I had a chance to try that during Andre’s brief foray on the challenger circuit, and let me tell you, that stuff was n-a-s-t-y…but it (along with the other supplements) helped us lot in dealing with our frantic match schedules (often 2-3 per day including doubles).

But yeah, at the end of the day, I think I’d rather a few squirts of Novax’s “special blend” than Gil juice…even chilled!

Cheers mate!

zed Says:

Are these things all energy drinks? Are they primariily sugar or glucose or do they have other stuff in them like Redbull or those types?

Pardon my ignorance about these things, the best I have ever learned was that a Mars Bar gives you a temporary lift if you’re hiking etc. I think that was pretty much just glucose.

tennismonger Says:

Don’t play dumb with me zed…you know what we’re speaking of here is a…proprietary blend.

Can’t speak to what Novax is consuming though…maybe someone can ask him about it after he waxes poor Norrie.

zed Says:

I actually was sincerely asking, I operate under the assumption that any drug enhancement will be picked up by testing.

Then again, now that I am typing this, I remember that people were getting away with blue murder in the cycling sports so maybe …

Here I see that this so-called Doping Expert Fritz Sörgel is pointing the finger at Rafa over Steroid abuse. My feeling is that if you haven’t got iron-clad proof then maybe don’t say anything until you have it.

zed Says:

Like this case where the then French Sports Minister was accusing Rafa of drug abuse and he did the right thing and took her to court. What else could he do? If he let her get away with it there’d be more of these and it would make him look guilty for not suing her.

She lost because she couldn’t prove her allegations. She had to pay a minor amount which I think won’t be enough of a deterrent.

tennismonger Says:

Yeah, mother’s milk…why not? More palatable (& credible) than anything I’ve come up with.

But currently, the real question about Rafa is…injured or playing lame to mess w/Kyrgios?

fred stone Says:


It’s all part of Rafa’s shtick; slow play, time violations (rarely charged), making the server wait (gamesmanship), toweling off after a one shot rally, the list is endless.
He and Fakervic have perfected these things as their careers have progressed.

Truth Says:

This is the opposite of Djoker match. Djoker was being a stubborn dumpster fire & admitted he had to get out of his own stupidity.

Nadull was useless. He got his ego deflated on grass and whined about how he was useless with a tragic injury & pain. He couldn’t admit that journeyman should’ve won but was too scared of him & froze.
He also got lucky on clay & hardcourt. Several guys choked badly because they feared his fake image.
He begged & got an umpire banned from a tournament so he could escape time violation penalties again. He’s mentally sick & evil. He skipped many tournaments to avoid losing to Novak so much. He’s not the “warrior”.

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