Nick Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in seven years when he recovered from a slow start to beat steady American Brandon Nakashima.
Nick Kyrgios battles shoulder injury to reach Wimbledon quarter-finals (Reuters Photo)
- Nick Kyrgios battles painkillers to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals
- Nick Kyrgios beat Brandon Nakashima in five spectacular sets
- Kyrgios reaches quarter-finals of Wimbledon for only second time
Nick Kyrgios defeated Brandon Nakashima in five sets to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for only the second time. Kyrgios was on his best behavior in front of the Royal Box as he registered a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 win.
Unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin waits in the last eight, giving Kyrgios a golden opportunity to surpass his quarter-final run at Wimbledon on his debut in 2014.
After Saturday’s mayhem, when Kyrgios was accused of bullying by Tsitsipas, he let his tennis speak against 20-year-old Nakashima, not saying a word in anger during a competition that usually involved some fireworks. Was. with Australian.
The world number 40 player, if anything, was seen buried in the opening set and was troubled by the stiffness in the shoulder.
Two forehand errors at 4-5 gave Nakashima the gift of the opening set as Kyrgios looked to be in danger of an anti-climatic exit.
But he broke the serve 2-1 in the second set and slowly built up the power to level the match after a shoulder treatment.
Nakashima’s focus was in front of the nose in the third set and he came within two points of taking the set when Kyrgios again scored 4-5.
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This time Kyrgios showed his way out of trouble and changed his running style throughout the tiebreak.
Kyrgios suddenly erupted and he broke twice in a row as Nakashima took it in a decider but found himself running for the win.
Serving for the match, the 27-year-old came back down 0-30 and sealed the win with a silky volley winner. (Reuters Input)