2014 Wimbledon Preview: Nick Kyrgios vs. Rafael Nadal Live Streaming Info
By James Patrick Quizon | July 1, 2014 5:26 PM EST
The tale of the tape between Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Spain’s Rafael Nadal doesn’t look pretty at all: it’s admittedly one-sided in favor of the latter. Still, that’s not stopping the Aussie teenager from dreaming: beat the World No. 1 in a Grand Slam tournament.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014.
The Kyrgios vs. Nadal match begins at 11:30 pm on Tuesday which means most Australian fans will be up past midnight to see if their compatriot can at least compete with a player of Nadal’s caliber.
Nadal vs. Kyrgios (Extreme) Comparisons
In 1995, Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios was born to Greek father, Giorgos and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Roughly the same year, an 8-year-old Nadal already had the under-12 regional tennis championship under his belt.
Kyrgios turned pro in 2013 and will be playing his 13th match as a professional with a 5-7 win-loss record so far. Nadal’s career record is at 699 wins and 136 losses or a total of 835 matches in the ATP. The Spaniard is aiming for his 15th Grand Slam title in London.
The 19-year-old Aussie was ranked 144th in the world before Wimby. Nadal was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings since October 2013.
Nadal vs. Kyrgios Betting Odds
So is there a chance that Kyrgios actually upsets Nadal on Tuesday night?
Betting odds usually don’t lie: the Australian has a betting line of 9.00 to beat Nadal, who is priced at
1.06 (or an implied probability of 94.34%). Thus, a zero-to-nil chance for Kyrgios unless he pulls off a major miracle in London.
Kyrgios beat Stephane Robert of France in four sets, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1), 6-7 (8), 6-2 in the opening round and Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in another four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in the third round.
But his breakout performance in his (very) young career was in the second round when he beat another French in 13th seed Richard Gasquet in five sets, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. The Aussie fell into a 0-2 hole to start the match but pulled off the special and improbable comeback.
Will there be another special performance and improbable result result against Nadal?
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