LONDON -- Nick Kyrgios certainly wasn't intimidated by the prospect of taking on No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old Australian wildcard grabbed headlines last week when he saved nine match points to rally from two-sets to love down to beat No. 14 Richard Gasquet for his first top-15 victory. Now, he'll grab some more after hitting an audacios front-side tweener in the second set against Nadal.
The kid is a shot-maker:
Shot of the year? Some people seem to think so:
Need video from that sick Kyrgios between the legs dropshot winner. Please. Now. #wimbledon— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) July 1, 2014
Kyrgios hits a casual tweener during a neutral rally that lands for a winner. The kid is loving the big stage, and it's mutual. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 1, 2014
That Kyrgios tweener was reminiscent of Monfils. But I think Kyrgios is a lot hungrier than Gael.— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha) July 1, 2014
Nick kyrgios gif please— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) July 1, 2014
Kyrgios will be the youngest man in the top 100 on Monday. He told reporters that he believed he could win against the 14-time Grand Slam champion and armed with a big serve on grass, the youngster is backing his belief. He took the first set off Nadal in a tiebreak.
"Definitely I will take a lot of pride in the scoreline," Kyrgios said. "Of course I have nothing to lose out there. Anything is possible. I'm just going to go out there and play my game. I think that's definitely enough to be competitive."