Move over Lleyton Hewitt, Australia has a new king of grass! And he’s only 19.
Those of us with the morning double shot still pulsating through the system were treated to a five-set epic overnight at the All England Club, where teenage sensation Nick Kyrgios overcame tremendous odds and a two-set deficit to upset 13th seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
In his Wimbledon main draw debut, the world number 144 progressed to the third round of a major tournament for the first time in his short career.
“I think it’s a massive stepping stone for me to finally reach the third round of a grand slam,” Kyrgios said at a press conference after the win.
“I played some unbelievable tennis today. He was coming up with some really good shots as well.
“Especially to come back from two sets to love down, it can be a building bridge for more things to come.”
A slow start nearly de-railed Kyrgios’ Wimbledon dream, but an extraordinary 81 winners, 19 aces, and nine saved match points set up the incredible 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-5 10-8 victory.
“It is my biggest career win, I think, so I’m going to take a lot of confidence out of me moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal remains on track for his first Wimbledon title since 2010 with a convincing 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Lukas Rosol, Roger Federer easily accounted for Gilles Muller in three sets, and fan favourites Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga picked up wins.
Lleyton Hewitt also remains in the mix for a third round birth after his match against Jerzy Janowicz was abandoned at 5-7 4-4 due to bad light. – Patrick Boddan
Top photo from Katherine Shann’s Flickr photostream.