Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios wins in five sets to set up quarter-final showdown with Cristian Garin | Tennis News


Nick Kyrgios overcomes a shoulder problem to get through his second match in five sets at Wimbledon, beating American Brandon Nakashima to advance to the quarter-finals; Chilean Cristian Garin will be next for the Aussie

Last update: 04/07/22 17:22

Nick Kyrgios reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2014

Nick Kyrgios beat Brandon Nakashima in five sets to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but he struggled with a shoulder problem that could jeopardize his chances of going further.

After the drama and recriminations of his clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas, it was a far less tumultuous affair, with Kyrgios largely keeping his behavior under control on center court to advance to the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time in seven year.

Wimbledon 2014

Australian Open 2015

Wimbledon 2022

It became apparent in the first set that all was not well physically, but Kyrgios recovered from a set down and then clinched the deciding match against 20-year-old American Nakashima, winning 4-6 6- 4 7-6 (7-2) 3 -6 6-2 to prepare for a quarter-final against the Chilean Cristian Garin.

There was still showboating – an underarm serve in only his second service game and a totally unnecessary shot between the legs in the fifth game of the second set – but it soon became clear that Kyrgios had other things on his mind. .

The 27-year-old started clutching his shoulder and grimacing, and a half-hearted service game saw him smashed to lose the opening set.

He called the coach and took some pills after three games of the second set, at which point he unexpectedly had a lead thanks to two double faults from his opponent.

Even a bad line call elicited nothing more than a raised eyebrow from Kyrgios, who began to look more comfortable and increase his serve speed as he leveled the game.

The coach returned to the pitch after five games of the third set and this time Kyrgios took a medical time off to have his shoulder treated.

The coach continued to massage the Australian’s shoulder when changing sides but he was still serving strong and went two sets to one after playing an excellent tie-break.

Nakashima, whose expression barely changed throughout the match, stayed in the match and earned his reward in the seventh game of the fourth set with a break of serve.

Kyrgios allowed some emotion to show, ranting to his support camp, and his focus was completely gone as he again dropped serve two games later, rolling serves including an underarm effort, and slapping groundstrokes.

He was, however, reignited at the start of the deciding game and, after briefly exchanging words with referee Nico Helwerth on a line call and being told to “stop moaning” by a spectator, broke. Nakashima’s serve to lead 2-1.

The crowd was fully behind the Aussie when he broke again two games later, and he didn’t look back as he maintained his record of never losing a match in five sets at Wimbledon.

He has already reached the last eight of the Grand Slams twice, in his debut at Wimbledon in 2014 and then at the Australian Open the following year, losing at this stage each time.

Nakashima vs Kyrgios: Match Stats

Nakashima Match statistics Kyrgios
ten ace 35
9 Double faults 3
79% 1st serve winning percentage 78%
51% 2nd serve winning percentage 49%
3/7 Break points earned 3/7
37 Total Winners 79
32 Direct errors 42
142 Total points earned 147

Garin struggles on the brink of defeat to set up Kyrgios showdown

Cristian Garin won an epic contest against Alex De Minaur

Cristian Garin won an epic contest against Alex De Minaur

Garin showed incredible tenacity to come after straight sets and 3-0 and save two match points by defeating Australian Alex De Minaur in a hugely entertaining five-set slugfest to reach his first quarter-final of the Grand Slam.

Garin eventually triumphed 2-6 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (7-6) after four hours and 34 minutes of superb tennis that drew a standing ovation from the packed No. 2 court of Wimbledon.

De Minaur, supreme athlete who doesn’t know the meaning of a lost cause, won the first two sets and trailed 3-0 in the third but Garin fought back, saving two match points at 4-5 in the fifth and then won the first with 10 tiebreaks in the final set to set up a round of 16 meeting with Kyrgios.

“I just gave everything I had, it was a very tough fight,” Garin said. “I’m exhausted. I just gave my best, went to the net and also tried to be aggressive with my serve – I think that was key.”

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