The 19-year-old Australian sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of Wimbledon’s fourth round in a tense four-set affair, winning 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3. It’s easily the biggest win of Kyrgios’ career, and even though Nadal has a recent history of Wimbledon let-downs, it’s still a stunner.
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He came into this tournament ranked No. 144 in the world
That’s right — 144. There was nothing much on his resume prior to this win to expect such a result. His previous biggest win of 2014 was against 81st-ranked Ben Becker in the first round of the Australian Open.
He won the Australian Open junior title in 2013
As the No. 3 seed, Kyrgios mowed through the draw without dropping a set. That’s the most notable result in his pocket. Some of tennis’ biggest names have won Grand Slam junior titles, including Roger Federer (Wimbledon, 1998), Andy Roddick (Australian Open and U.S. Open, 2000) and Andy Murray (U.S. Open, 2004).
This was his first ever win against a top 10 player
Kyrgios had previously been 0-3 against the best in the world. He lost to ninth-ranked Milos Raonic in the first round of the French Open this year, to ninth-ranked Richard Gasquet in a Davis Cup tie also earlier this year, and in the first round of the US Open to fifth-ranked David Ferrer in 2013.
He has now played a total of 14 official ATP World Tour matches
Tuesday’s win put him at an even .500 at 7-7. He had been just 3-7 headed into Wimbledon. By contrast, Nadal is 702-137 on the ATP tour with 64 titles.
He’s the first teenager to beat a world No. 1 since the guy he beat did it
Nadal beat then-No. 1 Roger Federer at the French Open in 2005, en route to his first of nine (so far) titles at Roland Garros. Nine years later, Kyrgios is the first teen to match the feat since. Is this the start of Grand Slam success for Kyrgios?
He’s the sixth-ranked player … in his own country
Lleyton Hewitt (No. 48), Marinko Matosevic (58), Matthew Ebden (85), Bernard Tomic (86) and Samuel Groth (124) are all ranked higher, though Kyrgios will move past all but Hewitt and Matosevic come Monday on the strength of this run. He could end up even higher.