Nick Kyrgios suffered a shoulder injury and defeated Brendan Nakashima in five sets to secure a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday, on his way to a blockbuster clash against Rafael Nadal. The Wandering Australians won 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-2 in their third round after a stormy victory over Stefanos Setcipas just two days later for their excellent behavior. In a match that lasted three hours and 11 minutes, Kyrgios soaked in the sun on center court and booked a tie against Chilean Christine Garin in the last eight.
The 27-year-old recovered from a slow start and had a shoulder problem to hit his ground stroke more freely as the match progressed.
Kyrgios, who underwent regular physiotherapy, hammered 79 winners, including 35 aces, breaking 20-year-old Nakashima’s serve three times to improve to 11-2 on the grass in 2022.
The last time the 40th-ranked player reached the last eight in a major was at the 2015 Australian Open, a year later when he reached the same stage on his debut at the All England Club.
“I’ve played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half,” he said. “I am proud of the way I stabilized the plane after it came out firing in the fourth set.
“My five-set record is very good. I was thinking about that. I’ve played a lot of five-set matches here.”
Kyrgyz’s next match will be against Garin, who lost two sets to save two match points by defeating 19th seed Alex de Manor of Australia.
Unseeded Chile took the third set on a tiebreak and won the hard-fought 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 7-6 (10/6). For four hours and 34 minutes.
“I tried to be aggressive, went on the net, and tried to be aggressive with my service. I think that was the key,” he said.
Elsewhere, 11th seed Taylor Fritz defeated Australian qualifier Jason Kabeler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
Topics covered in this article