Nick Kyrgios beat American Brandon Nakashima in five sets to reach the quarter-final round at Wimbledon – the second time he has reached the stage at the tournament.
Kyrgios has not received a favorable response to his style and the emotional way he has played the game, and his recent comments about his strategy in the win over Nakashima are even more provocative.
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The Aussie won 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2 and will face Chilean Christian Garin in the next round. Kyrgios said he “knew” the fourth set because he knew Nakashima was on a roll.
“I knew I wasn’t playing the way I would have liked. I didn’t feel like I faced the ball against (Stefanos) Tsitsipas or (Philip) Krajinovic, so I knew I had to put it in. I put my head down and fought today. It was a good mental performance,” Kyrgios said.
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“At the end of the fourth, did the rope-a-dope tactic. I knew he was in rhythm so I threw that service game. He started coming at me and I thought I’d throw him. A little bit down. It worked.”
Kyrgios is likely to be fined again for an all-white violation at Wimbledon. When asked about the way he dresses he doesn’t care much about the rules. Players must wear white from the time they step onto the court until they leave. Kyrgios entered the court in red shoes before playing Nakashima.
“For me it’s more attention. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right? I’m sitting here now again in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, and I know a lot of people are upset. It’s a good feeling,” he said.
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Kyrgios’ match with Garin will be played on Wednesday.