Nick Kyrgios defeated Rafael Nadal in convincing fashion at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. The 19-year-old Australian is looking to build up on the big upset win and reach a Top 10 ranking in tennis according to his new coach Todd Larkham.
"I'm confident he will consistently play top 30 tennis and I think he'll keep winning matches,'' Larkham said via The Age. "For the first time in a while, there's no limit. There's no reason that he couldn't be top 20 or top 10 at the end of the year.”
The 40-year-old Larkham will be part of the coaching team of the Australian teenager along with Josh Eagle. Both Larkham and Eagle represented Australia in international matches as ATP professionals.
If Kyrgios’ recent Wimbledon performance is any indication, the rise in the ATP world rankings is all but expected for the Australian who has only logged in 15 matches in his professional career.
The Aussie has more losses (8) than wins (7) but his biggest victory came against the popular Nadal, who was ranked no. 1 during the Grand Slam at the All-England Club.
Kyrgios beat Nadal in just four sets, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the Round of 16 but fell to Canada’s Milos Raonic, in four sets, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals.
Delivering big upsets in London, the Canberra-native is now ranked as no. 69 in the current ATP rankings—not bad for a player who just turned pro in 2013. The teenager now also has roughly $619,465 in career winnings.
The Australian will participate in the 2014 Rogers Cup in Toronto from August 2 to 10 as part of his preparation for the 2014 US Open late in August.
"I've broken through and I'm still young, but there's a bit more expectation now about how you're going to go at tournaments. Pressure has worn off, I feel more relaxed on the court. I feel freer, I've got a bit more confidence. I've still got a massive way to go," said Kyrgios in the same article.
Kyrgios has a coach that believes in his talent and he now has the confidence needed to bring down even the best players of the world like Rafael Nadal.