Photo: Paul ZimmerNick Kyrgios (AUS)
Nick Kyrgios pulled off a remarkable comeback against Richard Gasquet to steal the headlines on the fourth day of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
The 19-year-old Australian looked to be heading home at two sets down against the veteran Frenchman, but he rallied back to triumph 36 67(4) 64 75 108 in three hours 53 minutes on Court No. 2.
“It was an unbelievable match out there,” said Kyrgios. “My first ever two sets love down, coming back and winning. It's an amazing feeling. I played some unbelievable tennis today. He was coming up with some really good shots as well. I think I saved nine match points. There's plenty of opportunities he could have taken. I came out on top, I'm really happy.”
Kyrgios will play fellow youngster Jiri Vesely in the next round after the Czech also pulled off a surprise result against No. 24 seed Gael Monfils, winning 76(3) 63 67(1) 67(7) 64.
In the first match on Centre Court, the crowd looked set to be witnessing a repeat of the clash between Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol in 2012 when the big-hitting Czech raced into one-set lead and a break up.
But Nadal got his revenge when he played some scintillating tennis to win in four sets 46 76(6) 64 64. Another former champion, Roger Federer, wasted no time in seeing off the challenge of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller to win 63 75 63.
There were also wins for Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (in another delayed match-up for the Frenchman at this year’s event), Milos Raonic and John Isner.
In the women’s singles, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova both progressed to the third round for the loss of just two games and three games respectively.
British No. 1 Heather Watson put up a valiant fight against Angelique Kerber on Centre Court but succumbed 62 57 61.
Two seeds fell on Thursday as Klara Koukalova and Carla Suarez Navarro were ousted by Madison Keys and Zarina Diyas respectively.
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