Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios wins in five sets to set up quarterfinal confrontation with Cristian Garin | tennis news

Nick Kyrgios reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2014

Nick Kyrgios reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2014

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

After the drama and allegations of his clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas, this was a much less rambunctious affair, with Kyrgios largely controlling his behavior at Center Court to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time in seven years.

During the first set it became clear that things were not going well physically, but Kyrgios recovered from a set-down and then made the decision against 20-year-old American Nakashima to win 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2 ) 3 -6 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Chile’s Cristian Garin.

“It wasn’t close to my best performance, level-wise, but I’m just super, super happy that I made it through,” Kyrgios said on the track.

“I’ve never lost a fifth set here. Honestly, I thought about that. I thought: I’ve been here before, I’ve done it before and I got through it again.”

Asked about Garin, he said, “I’m not going to think about that. I’m definitely going to need a glass of wine tonight.”

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Despite the shoulder problem, there was still some showboating – an under-arm 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. mind.

The 27-year-old began to hold his shoulder and grimace, and a half-hearted service game saw him break to lose the opening set.

He called the trainer and took a few pills after three games of the second set when he unexpectedly took a break thanks to two double faults from his opponent.

Even a bad line call caused little more than a raised eyebrow from Kyrgios, who began to look more comfortable and increased his service speeds as he balanced the match.

The trainer returned to the field after five games of the third set and this time Kyrgios took a medical time-out to work on his shoulder.

The coach continued to massage the Australian’s shoulder when changing ends, but he was still serving strong, moving two sets ahead after playing an excellent tie-break.

However, Nakashima, whose facial expression had barely changed throughout, remained in the game and got his reward in the seventh game of the fourth set with a service break.

Kyrgios showed some emotion, rampaging through his support camp, and his focus was completely gone when he dropped the service again two games later, rolled into the service, including one under-arm attempt, and knocked out bases.

He was turned back on at the start of the decider, however, and after a brief altercation with umpire Nico Helwerth over a line call and being told by a spectator to “stop moaning”, he broke the Nakashima serve for a 2-1 lead. †

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

He reached the last eight at Grand Slams twice before, making his Wimbledon debut in 2014 and then the Australian Open the following year, losing both times.

Nakashima vs Kyrgios: Match Stats

Nakashima Match Stats Kyrgios
10 aces 35
9 Double mistakes 3
79% Win percentage 1st service 78%
51% Win percentage 2nd service 49%
3/7 Break points won 3/7
37 Total number of winners 79
32 Unforced Errors 42
142 Total points won 147

Garin fights from the brink of defeat to mount the showdown with Kyrgios

Cristian Garin won an epic match against Alex De Minaur

Cristian Garin won an epic match against Alex De Minaur

Garin showed astonishing tenacity to come out two sets, trailing 3-0 and saving two match points when he defeated Australian Alex De Minaur in a hugely entertaining five-set slugfest to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Garin went on to win 2-6 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (7-6) after four hours and 34 minutes of fantastic tennis that earned a standing ovation from Wimbledon’s packed No 2 Court.

De Minaur, a supreme athlete who doesn’t know the meaning of a lost cause, took the first two sets and led 3-0 in the third, but Garin struck back, saved two match points at 4-5 in the fifth, then won the match. tiebreak from the first to 10 finals to set up a meeting with Kyrgios in the last eight.

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

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