Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge has boldly called for Nick Kyrgios to win his first singles Grand Slam title at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, announcing the threat he has made and announcing “anything can happen”.
One factor for Australians ahead of the next edition, which starts on 27 June, is the skepticism of the four men in the top 10 competing.
Rafael Nadal is battling a foot injury, Alexander Zverev has undergone ankle surgery this month, and Daniel Medvedev and Andrei Rublev have been banned from the game due to Russian and Belarusian bans.
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But Kyrgyzstan’s chances of winning his first title are still slim due to the dangers of Novak Djokovic and the 27-year-old Wimbledon record.
The 2014 quarter-final against Milos Raonic went deeper into Kyrgyzstan at the All England Club.
“Nick is actually trained and focused this season, so it’s a good start to the grass-court season. If there’s a player on the field outside of Novak who can play well enough and beat everyone on the grass, he’s Nick.” Woodbridge on Nine Sports Sunday.
“So, about this, ‘How will he deal with expectations as he goes into it this time?’
“He’s a legitimate force and an opportunity to go deeper into Wimbledon.”
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Kyrgyzstan’s 2021 Wimbledon campaign has produced victories against Ugo Humbert and Glanluca Magar and a defeat to Felix Agar-Alisasim.
His biggest Wimbledon win was against Nadal in the 2014 Round of 16, when he defeated the legendary Spaniard in four sets.
“It will depend on his draw. It’s significant,” Woodbridge said when asked to predict Kyrgyz’s 2022 Wimbledon fate.
“We don’t want him to come to a department that could be Novak, which is a possibility.
“But I think this year is a semi-realistic one.
“And if he goes to the semis and his body is right and his head is still on his shoulder, anything can happen.”
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