Kyrgios who has been the subject of reproach for his behavior in his match with Stefanos Tsitsipas appeared almost angelic this time around. Performing in front of the Royal Box, he managed to recover from a slow start to eventually beat Nakashima.
The Australian last saw a Wimbledon quarterfinal back in 2014 during his debut run. He is set to face Chilean player Cristian Garin.
The match with Nakashima was a peaceful one. A start difference from the chaotic mess that was his match with Tsitsipas where the Italian ended up calling him a bully and saying that he had an evil side to him.
If anything, he looked subdued and appeared to be bothered by a stiff shoulder. Not a word was uttered in anger. In an interview after his match with Tsitsipas, Kyrgios had acknowledged the difficulty of acing Nakashima who he considered a top player.
His excitement in winning was evidenced by the scream he let out and beating his chest.
Hell of an effort from Brandon,” he said. “Hes a hell of a player and hes going to do some special things, that’s for sure.”
“It wasn’t anywhere near my best performance level-wise; but super happy to get through. I fought really hard today and it was special stepping out here once again.”
“I played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half, and I’m proud of the way that I steadied the ship. He came back firing in the fourth set; his level didn’t drop. My five-set record is pretty good; Ive never lost a five-set match here. That’s what I was thinking about: Ive been here before, Ive done it before.”