Wimbledon Day 5: Kyrgios Makes His Move

Hello, tennis fans. Today was another good day at the All England Club where Kyrgios played a terrific match to upset #7 seed Raonic in four sets, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3. It wasn’t the start Kyrgios wanted, but he played some inspired tennis and almost doubled Raonic’s ace count, out-aceing him 34-18. Raonic was injured at the end, but that was only in the fourth set when Kyrgios already had him in dire trouble. I like Kyrgios. I like his game and he is a character and entertainer.

It is sometimes difficult to know what to make of his showboating. He seems careless at times. He goes for second serve aces on break points all the time. It’s like he has no nerves. I read recently in an article that he doesn’t love tennis. Whatever the case may be he has the talent to be the best and he does win big matches like he did today. And he clearly has a very good serve which is devastating on grass. He also has a huge forehand. He has it all. Just the mental aspect is sometimes a question mark.

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He now plays Gasquet who as expected defeated Dimitrov, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Last year Kyrgios came back from two sets to love down to defeat Gasquet and I think he will win again. I’m liking a Stan vs Kyrgios quarterfinal because Stan defeated Verdasco in straights today and now plays Goffin. Kyrgios can make semis with his draw I think.

  • Elsewhere in the Draw

Djokovic was in action again today and he made short work of Tomic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. So far he has looked very comfortable and his serve was looking very good again with 15 aces and 72% first serves. And again he was solid in the forecourt winning 18/23. It will be interesting to see what happens next against Anderson who defeated Mayer in straight sets too. That’s a good win for Anderson and of course he made the final in Queens. He doesn’t have the big match temperament to cause serious problems for Djokovic, but he has a good grass court game and it will be interesting to see if he can win a set or two.

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Then Kudla defeated Giraldo and will face the winner of Isner vs Cilic whose match was suspended today due to bad light at 10-10 in the fifth set. I guess Isner loves these marathon matches. Whoever wins there will probably make quarterfinals to face Djokovic and depending on how long they take to finish tomorrow’s match the winner may be tired as well. But who knows. Isner and Cilic are dangerous players on grass as well.

  • The Prediction Game

Today our prediction match was Kyrgios vs Raonic and eight people got the winner right, while two people got the number of sets right too and only one person, Denis Saikia, got the winner, the number of sets, and the sets in the right order. So he is the winner today with 9 points. Congrats! And congrats to everyone who had the courage to go for Kyrgios. Personally I wanted him to win but wasn’t sure if he could pull it off. I actually thought Raonic might win.

Although Denis Saikia made the biggest move in the rankings Amir is the new number one. Sorry, Joe! :-P As for tomorrow’s matches Federer vs Groth will be interesting, but I expect a straight set win for the Swiss. It will be interesting to see what Murray does to Seppi too. Karlovic vs Tsonga could go either way and would work. But in the end I decided to go for Brown vs Troicki because of the ‘Nadal curse’. When players defeat Nadal they always seem to lose in the next round.

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So you will have to decide if that will happen again or whether he can keep up his inspired form(which I hope for) and at least make the fourth round. This will be their first meeting and I find it hard to call a winner, which makes it ideal for a predictions match!

Happy predicting!

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Sorry for the inconvenience but that is the only way the comment notifications can work. Otherwise, I have to delete the plugin. It’s up to you guys. Personally I don’t care either way. I just wanted people to be able to follow comments if they chose to do so.

  • Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvP9kHvn2Ac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc_S81vRd3M

The is in your court.

Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

6 Comments

  1. Well done to my countryman, Kyrgios. For a moment I thought Raonic had the match. Kyrgios was contented to let Raonic take most of the initiative. But that killer serve! Omg! CLUTCH. Fearless! Such a comfortable big match player! Where did the kid get it all?! He is the real deal. A real breakthrough that is capable of winning a slam even now or in immediate future; not like some others where you feel they would need a few years yet. He has such a big personality too. Never boring to watch! But he is somewhat volatile. It can all fall into place or it can all collapse. I really hope he gets the right people to guide him. Australia is in a good place, so many new talents! Yay! Brown, too, what an unusual and thoroughly enjoyable player to watch! I hope he goes deep. Where has he been hiding all this time, 15 years on the tour!!

    Nadal losing to Brown actually does not clear the way for Roger. It opens the draw for Murray as I mentioned in pre-draw that Nadal could lose to Belluci/Brown. Nadal’s loss would mean Murray would be fresher if he meets Roger. It actually makes It tougher for Roger. Djokerer looking very impressive and like just going through the formalities for the inevitable showdown! But of course Murray/Stan has a lot to say to that! Or maybe even some others! The prediction game is really heating up and so nice to see so much passion there, ha!! Didn’t know there are so many “gamblers” here! :-) I just hope it won’t overshadow our discussions of the actual tennis itself!!! :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Sorry, I mean pre-match, not pre-draw

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, it seems it is overshadowing our discussion of the tennis Veronica. All your fault! :))

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    Veronica Reply:

    ;-) :)) glad you are enjoying it, Ru-an! Although it looks like quite a bit of work for you! Keeping scores, players challenging your calls! :-) And having to do your posting as well. Full time job! Thank you and well done!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well, it makes no difference to me. I enjoy the comments too. But since you asked I did it and I think it’s good to try different things anyway. So I hope you are enjoying it!

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  2. When we thought tennis has gone downhill with d likes of nadal dominating, the slowing down of courts, endless baseline rallies, I was unsure will I b following tennis after Federer retires, but now we have this new breed who are so fun to watch with great personalities, players I will watch and follow. And also the big names Djokovic and Stan reinventing themselves, Tennis is in good hands.
    N Fed is always there , playing good n these days wen he plays I don’t hate d opponent on d other side. That’s great right!! :-)

    And finally Ruan , just call me Denis. Denis Saikia makes me sound like some celebrity..lol

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