Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal will square off in the fourth round of the 2014 Wimbledon.
At the young age of 19 years old, Kyrgios is making a name for himself in this tournament. This is by far the furthest Kyrgios has ever reached in a Grand Slam, and he doesn’t hope this magical run ends any time soon. Kyrgios just turned pro last year and has beaten Stephane Robert, Richard Gasquet and Jiri Vesely to get to this point in the tournament. Kyrgios has won nine of 13 sets he’s played and has overcome adversity by rebounding after losing the first set in both of his last two matches. Kyrgios is a promising player with an incredible serve and high spirit. He’ll certainly be up to the task in this match.
Nadal has needed four sets to win all three of his matches, but he’s gotten the job done. Like Kyrgios, Nadal has lost the first set in two of his matches, including his most recent against Mikhail Kukushkin. However, Nadal bounced back from the lost set with his best tennis yet, winning the last three in seven games each. It’s no secret that Nadal isn’t a big fan of grass and has had his fair share of struggles at this tournament. But he did look like the old Nadal in his last three sets and could carry that momentum over to this match. The last time Nadal lost in the fourth round of a Grand Slam event was in the 2009 French Open.
Due to the short career of Kyrgios, this will be the first time these two have ever played one another.
This is going to be a highly interesting match considering it’s a battle between one of the best of all-time and a true up-and-comer who has the potential to become a star within a couple of years.
I think the line is going to be insane due to the experience factor, which is why I’m backing Kyrgios and the points. Kyrgios has a great serve and the confidence to steal at least one set from Nadal. This will be closer than most think.