Wimbledon - Notebook 4: a confusing Kyrgios, the English who rebel, moments of emotion and a Nadal who wants to believe it

Wimbledon – Notebook 4: a confusing Kyrgios, the English who rebel, moments of emotion and a Nadal who wants to believe it

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Nick Kyrgios was breathtaking in the second round and could still do a lot of damage… if he manages to find consistency. During this time, Great Britain finds the smile and even gives shivers to the spectators. And Nadal, he coughs but passes again and again… Not like the Swiss, alas.

KYRGIOS, CAPITAL PERF’… Monstrous Nick Kyrgios! We know the Australian capable of anything, and especially the worst when the motivation is not there. But also the best (and how!), especially on this grass he loves so much. In a 2nd round which did not look easy against Filip Krajinovic, the “Special K” worked wonders, slamming 24 aces and arming 49 winning blows (only 10 unforced errors); a capital performance synonymous with a knockout for the Serb (6-2 6-3 6-1 in 90 ‘). If Kyrgios manages to maintain this rhythm in Grand Slam, we do not give much of the skin of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round.

SIMPLE EXPLANATION… I was in my bubble, driven by this desire to remind everyone that I’m pretty good“. This was the explanation given by Nick Kyrgios when discussing his show of force. From “good”, the Australian will have to go to very good and very consistent. Can he?

FRITZ IS SALTY… Titled at Eastbourne last week, Taylor Fritz did not tremble against Alastair Gray, winning 6-3 7-6 6-3 and notably signing a remarkable blow to afford the 2nd round, while his opponent had already clenched fist; a “back to the eighties” plunge that a certain Boris Becker would not have denied. In the next round, he will do battle with the Slovak Alex Molcan, clearly within his reach.

BOULTER, THE EMOTIONAL TOUCH… Beautiful emotion for the English in their garden, with the unexpected Katie Boulter, soon 26, from Leicestershire, who surprised Karolina Pliskova (3-6 7-6 6-4), finalist 2021. The Briton, who does not had never won 2 Grand Slam matches in a row, has now done so, and with style. A story both beautiful and sad hides behind his success, since his grandma left 2 days before this big match. “I would like to dedicate this victory to him.“, blew a very moved Boulter.

AND BROADY, TOO! British tennis had a heartache on Wednesday with the eliminations of Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray? He smiled again yesterday, since after Boulter, it was Liam Broady who opened his way to the round of 16 after a fabulous fight against Diego Schwartzman, his executioner of last year. Winner 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6 6-1, the 28-year-old Mancunian, 132nd ATP, has now broken his best mark at Church Road and was delicious after the match. “Sometimes I suffer to put the ball in the court, but my heart is always there“, he noted in particular between two points of humor.

GO GIRL OF THE HOMELAND! French tennis, which every year experiences dark times at Roland-Garros (and elsewhere), this time has reason to smile at Wimbledon. And for good reason, by placing 4 of their own in the 3rd round (Garcia, Cornet, Tan and Parry), the tricolor representatives put an end to 18 years of waiting at Church Road. In 2004, they were even downright 5 at this stage (Mauresmo, Dechy, Razzano, Bartoli and Golovin).

NADAL IN 4 ROUNDS… Like Tuesday, Rafael Nadal had to fight for 4 sets to find the key. This time it was Ricardas Berankis who made life a little harder for him than expected. The Lithuanian dared to enter the bacon of the Spaniard and it was frankly not unpleasant for the show. But once again, the record holder of Grand Slam titles has passed the shoulder. To the point of believing more and more in a 23rd coronation, even if everything is not perfect in his game (read box).

BYE-BYE DENIS! Manhandled by Brandon Nakasahima, Denis Shapovalov was very far from his level of 2021 (semi-final). It’s a total failure for him, but it’s in no way a surprise as 2022 is an “annus horribilis” for him. Since mid-May indeed, “Shapo” has won only one match in 6 tournaments. Awful.

SWIATEK HAS SUFFERED! Here, for once Iga Swiatek has suffered! This original fact happened yesterday, when the No. 1 WTA was jostled by the unknown Lesley Kerkhove, almost 31 years old (6-4 4-6 6-3). The Dutch, 138th WTA and out of qualifying, was bold and cheeky. It was interesting to see, but the Pole still had the last word.

DESERT CONFEDERATION… There will be no Swiss in the 3rd round, Viktorija Golubic having folded against Barbora Krejcikova. If the defeat of the Zurich player is not catastrophic, the fact remains that it leaves some regrets, since “Vika” would have seriously had a way to do better against the winner of Roland-Garros 2021. Only, in tennis , it is not only the adversary who must serve…

PETRA IS AGAIN! It is with pleasure that we were able to see Petra Kvitova’s smile again! The Czech reached the 3rd round by dominating Ana Bogdan (6-1 7-6) and is thus preparing to rub shoulders with Paula Badosa. Kvitova, 32, remains a magnificent former Wimbledon winner (2011 and 2014), but she has been through a lot since then. Her recent title at Eastbourne, however, put her back in the saddle. Well, what if she was the surprise of the women’s painting?

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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