Wimbledon 2014: Nick Kyrgios revels in five-set triumph over Richard Gasquet
Wimbledon 2014: Nick Kyrgios expresses his delight at coming from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet 3/6 6/7 6/4 7/5 10/8
Nick Kyrgios expressed his delight at coming from two sets down to win for the first time in his career after the Australian knocked out Richard Gasquet to book his place in third round at Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old Aussie, who has been described as the real deal by legend Pat Cash, won 3/6, 6/7, 6/4, 7/5, 10/8 against France No1 and 13th seed Gasquet after saving nine match points in the five-set thriller.
It’s an amazing feeling. So proud of yourself the way you hung in and fought it out
Kyrgios won three ITF titles back-to-back earlier this year, and the Canberra-born teenager felt that he was facing a “massive hill to climb” at two sets down to the Australian Open semi-finalist.
“It was an unbelievable match out there,” Kyrgios said. “My first-ever two sets love down, coming back and winning. It’s an amazing feeling. So proud of yourself the way you hung in and fought it out.
“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.”
The Australian fans have been ever-present at Wimbledon over the past decade and more, and are usually most-vocal at Lleyton Hewitt’s matches – but Kyrgios felt the benefit of the yellow-clad support at SW19 as he battled into the third round.
“It definitely helps me. I like to sort of engage with the crowd, show a lot of emotion out there. Knowing they’re going to tough it out with me for that long period really gets me going,” Kyrgios added.
“It makes me enjoy the match a little bit more. It definitely helped me today.”