Wimbledon: Quarter Finals Preview

19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios has booked his spot in the Wimbledon quarter finals with a surprise win over world number one Rafael Nadal.

 

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Al Bello/Getty Images Europe

 

Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios announced himself as a new star of tennis, defeating world number one Rafael Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

 

After reaching his first-ever Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard, Kyrgios – ranked 144th in the world – becomes the first man in a decade to reach the quarter finals on debut.

 

Kyrgios predicted an upset in his favour before the match, and his between-the-legs winner from the baseline – which will go down as one of the shots of the year – displayed just how confident he is.

 

Just a year after winning the Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios will compete in his first grand slam quarter final against eighth seed Milos Raonic.

 

The Canadian 23-year-old will also be competing in his first Wimbledon quarter final, after defeating Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.

 

The pair faced off for the first time in last month’s French Open, with the Canadian prevailing over Kyrgios in straight sets.

 

Raonic or Kyrgios will then meet the winner of the all Swiss battle between Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi finals.

 

Fourth seed Federer has stormed into the quarters without dropping a set, defeating Paolo Lorenzi, Gilles Müller, Santiago Giraldo and Tommy Robredo.

 

2014 Australian Open winner Wawrinka dropped a set in the second round against Yen-Hsun Lu, but defeated 19th seed Feliciano López in straight sets in the fourth round to earn his place in his first-ever Wimbledon quarter final.

 

Federer has won 15 of their 17 matches, but Wawrinka was victorious in their last battle, defeating his compatriot in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

 

On the other side of the draw, number one seed Novak Djokovic romped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to set up a clash with 26th seed Marin Čilić.

 

Čilić scored an impressive 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over sixth seed Tomáš Berdych in the third round, before cruising past Jérémy Chardy in the fourth round to move into the last eight for the first time at Wimbledon.

 

However, the Croatian will have a mountain to climb in the quarter finals, as he has lost all nine of his meetings with Djokovic.

 

The winner will face either 2013 champion Andy Murray or young gun Grigor Dimitrov in the semi finals.

 

11th seed Dimitrov is the last of five players in the Gentlemen’s Draw competing in their first Wimbledon quarter final this year.

 

The Bulgarian 23-year-old – coached by South Australian Roger Rasheed – won in five sets against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round, before cruising past Leonardo Mayer in straight sets in the round of 16.

 

Reigning champion Murray has eased his way into the last eight without dropping a set, beating David Goffin, Blaž Rola, Roberto Bautista Agut and Kevin Anderson.

 

Murray has won three of the pair’s previous four meetings, but this will be their first clash in a grand slam.

 

As the tournament enters the business end, will we see one of the previous winners – Djokovic, Murray or Federer – lift the trophy again, or will one of the Wimbledon quarter final newcomers go all the way?

 

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Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe

 

With former champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova already eliminated, along with other top five players Li Na and Agnieszka Radwańska, the 2014 Wimbledon Ladies’ Draw is wide open.

 

Lucie Šafářová and Petra Kvitová will face off in the semi finals, after both players won their quarter final matches in straight sets, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova respectively.

 

Šafářová will be competing in her career-first grand slam semi finals, while Kvitová is the only former Wimbledon champion remaining, following her 2011 triumph.

 

20-year-old Canadian superstar Eugenie Bouchard and ninth seed Angelique Kerber will face off in the first of two remaining quarter final match-ups.

 

13th seed Bouchard is yet to drop a set this tournament and will look to qualify into her third consecutive grand slam semi final, while Kerber triumphed in a tough three-set battle against Sharapova to earn her spot in the last eight.

 

In the last quarter final match, third seed Simona Halep takes on 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki.

 

22-year-old Halep is the only top five player remaining and will compete in her first Wimbledon quarter final, after smashing Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-0 in the fourth round.

 

19th seed Lisicki’s path to the final eight has not been as simple, navigating her way through difficult three-set matches against Ana Ivanovic and Yaroslava Shvedova.

 

With five of the remaining six women yet to win a grand slam title, this year’s winner could replicate reigning champion Marion Bartoli‘s triumph.

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

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