More round of 16 matches were scheduled at Church Road on Monday: Enfang terrible Nick Kyrgios and Cristian Garin reached the quarter-finals in five sets. Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal were in a hurry – the German doubles team Krawietz/Mies was also able to celebrate.
The controversial Australian tennis pro Nick Kyrgios has reached the quarter-finals of the grass-court classic at Wimbledon. The 27-year-old defeated American Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2 in another emotional rollercoaster on Monday. At times, Kyrgios complained of shoulder problems and also allowed himself periods of weakness after brilliant moments. “I need a glass of wine tonight for sure,” Kyrgios said relieved about his second quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon after the debut in 2014.
His winning third-round duel with world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece had caused a stir because both players had been warned for offences and blamed each other afterwards. Kyrgios has been criticised for wild abuse of the referees, but he is also very popular with large parts of the public. He currently leads the ranking of fines at this tournament.
Kyrgios will now face Chilean Cristian Garin, who beat Australian Alex de Minaur 2:6, 5:7, 7:6 (7:3), 6:4, 7:6 (10:6) in a thriller in 4:34 hours. For Garin it is the first Grand Slam quarter-final of his career.
Fritz among the top eight for the first time
American Taylor Fritz, seeded eleventh, also reached the top eight for the first time. The 24-year-old gave Australian qualifier Jason Kubler no chance with 6:3, 6:1, 6:4. Fritz has not yet dropped a set and will now face co-favourite Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard only had problems in the third set against Botic van de Zandschulp from the Netherlands, 6:4, 6:2, 7:6 (8:6), in which he even missed three match points.
Krawietz and Mies in the doubles quarter-finals
The successful German doubles team of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies reached the quarter-finals for the first time. The duo also won their third tournament match against Jonny O’Mara and Ken Skupski from Great Britain with 7:6 (8:6), 6:4, 6:4 on Monday. The two-time French Open winners will now face second-seeded Croatian doubles Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in the quarter-finals. Krawietz (30) and Mies (31) had not made it past the third round at Wimbledon before. In the doubles and mixed competitions, all other German tennis professionals have already been eliminated.