Wimbledon: Kyrgios enters quarter-finals for the first time in eight years

Nick Kyrgios of Australia defeated American Brandon Nakashima in a thrilling five-setter to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in eight years at Wimbledon here on Monday.

The unseeded Australian, who needed medical attention on center court for his shoulder, and who dropped the opening set, took a match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3 to advance. -6, won 6-2. against Cristian Garin of Chile.

The 27-year-old, who upset world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round, struck his groundstrokes more freely as the match went on to recover from a slow start and a right shoulder problem. The world number 40 overcame 78 winners and broke 20-year-old Nakashima’s serve three times to improve 11-2 on grass in 2022.

“First I want to say, a hell of an effort by Brandon. Just 20 years to do it. It was anywhere near my best performance, but I worked really hard and I’m so happy to get it Am,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview.

Kyrgios last made it to the last eight at Wimbledon grass in 2014, the year he defeated Rafael Nadal.

The last time Kyrgios reached the last eight was at the 2015 Australian Open. The six-time Tour-level champion, who has had regular physio treatment on his shoulder, will next play Chile’s Cristian Garin as he seeks to break new ground and reach his first Grand Slam singles semi-final.

“I’ve played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half. I’m proud of the way I stabilized the ship after firing in the fourth set.” The ATP website quoted Kyrgios as saying.

“My five-set record is great. That’s what I was thinking. I’ve played a lot of five-set matches here. That’s what I was thinking. I’ve been here before and I’ve done it again.”

“Brandon hasn’t played on this court. All the experiences I’ve had on this court have put me on the line.”

Kyrgios is making his eighth Wimbledon appearance and arrived in London in strong form after reaching consecutive grass-court semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle last month.

Nakashima competed in the fourth round for the first time, defeating Nikola Kuhn, Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Ilahi Galen on the London Lawn. One in four Americans ranked 56th in the world reached the last 16, the most at Wimbledon since 1999.