Kyrgios Can Beat Anyone in the Field


Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios play drastically disparate styles.

The Aussies began the day on course for a Wimbledon quarterfinal clash and concluded it residing on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.

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The 19th-seeded de Minaur squandered a two-set lead bowing to Cristian Garin in a heart-breaking 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6[10-6] defeat. Garin saved two match points while serving from 15-40 at 4-5 in the fifth set.

The speedy, scrappy de Minaur has a well-earned reputation as a fighter though he’s had trouble finishing in five-setters. De Minaur dropped to 3-5 in five-set matches.

In contrast, Kyrgios, whose stamina has been suspect in the past, tanked the final game of the fourth set then steamrolled through the fifth set subduing 20-year-old American Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 to advance to his second career Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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The volatile Kyrgios raised his five-set record to 11-3, including a perfect 6-0 in Wimbledon five-setters. Kyrgios’ success going the distance, combined with his explosive serve and the most grass-court wins on the ATP this season, are three reasons why he can go all the way, de Minaur said.

“Look, I think Nick can beat anyone in the draw, so it depends on his level on the given day,” de Minaur told the media. “Yeah, he’s got a lot of talent.

“Yeah, if he has a good day, I think he can beat everyone left in the draw.”

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