Kyrgios Knocks off Vesely to Reach Fourth Round at Wimbledon

by John on June 29, 2014

N. Kyrgios

Rising Australian hope Nick Kyrgios took on fellow young gun Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in a hotly hyped third-round matchup yesterday afternoon at Wimbledon and didn’t disappoint. The 19-year-old Kyrgios prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in a stunning performance that earned him a Round of 16 duel with top-ranked Rafael Nadal. It was just 16 months ago that Kyrgios was ranked No. 576 in the world and his climb has been fast and furious. Currently No. 144, the 6-foot-4 Aussie’s third-round win will move him into the Top 100 when Wimbledon concludes a week from today. “I’m overwhelmed with happiness,” Kyrgios said. “It’s a great milestone. I will keep aiming higher and higher. Right now I won’t put a number on it.” Kyrgios didn’t show any signs of physical or emotional letdown from Thursday’s incredible comeback win from two sets down against 13th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The young Australian saved nine match points in the 3-hour, 53-minute nailbiter. Vesely, ranked No. 68 and 20-years old, also scored a big upset on Thursday, defeating another Frenchman, No. 24 seed Gael Monfils, in five sets. “I never thought that I would be seeing Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round at 19,” Kyrios said. “I thought it would take years and years of work to finally have an opportunity like that. To think that it’s going to happen in about a day is daunting, but so exciting, as well.” Saturday’s match was delayed almost two hours from its scheduled start due to rain, but the first of two sessions of play lasted just 18 minutes before rain returned with Vesely leading 4-2. The players had to wait another four hours and 30 minutes until play resumed. Vesely held his advantage to take the opener, serving an ace on set point. Kyrgios’ game picked up after the lengthy rain delay. He got one break each in the second and third sets to take a two-sets-to-one lead. With Kyrgios on a roll, Vesely struggled to hold serve in the opening game of the fourth set, saving three break points. Kyrgios broke through in the fifth game, and got a consolation break in the seventh, before closing it out with a service winner on match point. The Aussie youngster served up 26 aces to eight for his Czech opponent, and hit 63 winners while committing 28 unforced errors. Kyrgios and Nadal will tee it up on Tuesday.




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