Nick Kyrgios feels his upset experience at Rafael in 2014 helped him fight injury to defeat Brandon Nakashima.
Nick Kyrgios (courtesy: Reuters)
- Kyrgios reaches his second Wimbledon quarterfinal
- The Australian defeated Nadal in 2014 to reach his first quarterfinal
- Kyrgios beat Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-2
Nick Kyrgios has claimed that his 2014 upset win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon helped him get off the line against Brandon Nakashima on Monday.
Kyrgios and Nakashima engaged in an entertaining three-hour fight that lasted five sets. However, at the end of the day, it was the Australian star who emerged on top as he made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament. This is the second time he has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam, with his first coming during Wimbledon 2014.
The Australian star, who entered the tournament as a teenage wildcard, ousted the then world No 1 eight years ago and reached the quarter-finals.
Speaking after the match, Kyrgios commented on his experience defeating Rafael Nadal in 2014 and said that the experience of the match helped him get out of the line against Nakashima. He said that beating the Spaniard was on his mind and it helped him get out of the line.
“Definitely. You know, I stepped up here against one of the greatest and beat Nadal, so I have all these things on my mind.
“Obviously Brandon hasn’t played that much on this court, I think it was his first time. With all the experience I’ve had, I think that’s what I got today,” Kyrgios said.
The Australian star had to recover from a shoulder injury to beat Nakashima in five sets. While the American took the first set 6-4, Kyrgios was able to bounce back in the second and won the third after an entertaining tiebreaker.
Nakashima came back in the fourth set to register a 6-3 win. However, the Australian made the final claim to advance to the quarter-finals. He won the match by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-2.