Giant-killer awaits Kyrgios at Wimbledon
TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios says he will face another difficult opponent after keeping up his perfect record of first-round wins at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-3 6-7 6-1 victory over his mate Radek Stepanek.
Kyrgios faces German Dustin Brown tonight.
Wildcard Brown, famous for his dreadlocks and defeating Rafael Nadal last year and Lleyton Hewitt in 2013, is known to love the grass at the All England Club and will be confident of causing another upset after defeating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.
“This is by far his best surface,” Kyrgios said of Brown. “He can do dangerous things.”
Kyrgios produced some magic with a shot between the legs for a winner against Stepanek, while also receiving a code violation from umpire Mohamed Lahyani for unsportsmanlike conduct after losing a tiebreaker in the third set.
The Aussie said he was relieved to beat veteran Stepanek, 37, who gave him a battle on court two.
“He knows how to play on grass,” he said. “He serves well. He volleys well. I couldn’t lapse at all today. Otherwise I would have got beat.”
Brisbane’s John Millman will take on 26th-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire after a punishing five-set win over Spain’s Albert Montanes 7-5 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-3.
“We both came through very tough matches and sometimes that can actually help you and keep you in good stead coming through a tournament,” Millman said.
“I feel as if I know what it’s all about. I have made third round at Aussie earlier in the year, and I would love to do that at Wimbledon.
“I came close last year. I think that inspires and motivates you to do better.
“The one thing I will never do is lie down. I have people out here watching me. There was some great support in the crowd. There was Australians there and there were people yelling out Queensland too, which is even better especially given how the State of Origin went.”
Australian Daria Gavrilova will play 19th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the second round after a 2-6 6-3 6-4 comeback win over China’s Wang Qiang.
Fellow Aussie Luke Saville lost to American Dennis Novikov 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Jordan Thompson went down 6-3 6-3 6-3 to Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista.
Rain halted play with Bernard Tomic at two sets all with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Tomic lost the first set 6-4, before winning the next two 6-3, 6-3.
Verdasco took the fourth 6-3 before play was stopped. The match will resume on tonight.
Aussie qualifier Matthew Barton’s match was also interrupted, with the Sydneysider 5-5 in a second-set tie-break, having lost the first set 7-6 to Frenchman Albano Olivetti.
Local favourite Andy Murray just finished his game before the rains came, defeating fellow Brit Liam Broady 6-2 6-3 6-4.
Swiss fourth seed Stan Wawrinka defeated American teenager Taylor Fritz 7-6 6-1 6-7 6-4 to set-up a second-round clash with Juan Martin del Potro, who is unseeded after having three wrist surgeries.
Serena Williams’ bid for a 22nd grand slam title, to bring her level with Steffi Graf, began with a 6-2 6-4 win over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic.
Williams now faces fellow American Christina McHale for a place in the last 32.