Wimbledon – Notebook 4: a confusing Kyrgios, the English rebelling, emotional moments and a Nadal wanting to believe it

Nick Kyrgios was stunning in the second round and could still do a lot of damage… if he manages to find consistency. It is during this period that Britain finds the smile and even makes viewers shudder. And Nadal, he coughs, but keeps passing… Unfortunately not like the Swiss.

CYRGIOS, MAIN PERF’… Monstrous Nick Kyrgios! We know the Australian is capable of anything, and especially the worst when the motivation isn’t there. But also the best (and how!), especially on this pitch that he loves so much. In a 2nd round that didn’t look easy against Filip Krajinovic, the “Special K” worked wonders, hitting 24 aces and arming 49 wins (only 10 unforced errors); a capital performance tantamount to a knockout for the Serb (6-2 6-3 6-1 in 90′). If Kyrgios manages to keep that rhythm going in the Grand Slam, we won’t shed much of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ skin in the next round.

SIMPLE EXPLANATION… I was in my bubble, driven by this desire to remind everyone that I’m pretty good“. This was Nick Kyrgios’ explanation when he spoke about his show of power. From ‘good’, the Aussie has to go to very good and very consistent. Can he?

FRITZ IS SALT… Taylor Fritz, who won the title at Eastbourne last week, didn’t tremble against Alastair Gray, winning 6-3 7-6 6-3 and scoring a remarkable smash to secure the 2nd round while his opponent was already clenched fist; a “back to the eighties” crash that a certain Boris Becker would not have denied. In the next round he will face Slovakian Alex Molcan, clearly within reach.

BOULTER, THE EMOTIONAL TOUCH… Beautiful emotions for the English in their garden, with the unexpected Katie Boulter, soon to be 26, from Leicestershire surprising Karolina Pliskova (3-6 7-6 6-4), finalist 2021. The Brit, who has never won 2 consecutive Grand Slam matches, has now done it, and in style. There is a beautiful and sad story behind his success as his grandma passed away 2 days before this big game. “I would like to dedicate this victory to him.‘ blew a very agitated Boulter.

AND WIDE TOO! British tennis had a heartbreak on Wednesday with Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray eliminations? He smiled again yesterday because, after Boulter, it was Liam Broady who cleared the way to the round of 16 after a fabulous fight against Diego Schwartzman, his henchman of last year. The 28-year-old Mancunian, 132nd ATP, won 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6 6-1 and has now broken his best record at Church Road and was delicious after the game. “Sometimes I suffer from putting the ball in the field, but my heart is always there” he remarked in particular between two points of humor.

GO HOME GIRL! French tennis, which experiences dark times every year at Roland-Garros (and elsewhere), this time has reason to smile at Wimbledon. And with good reason: With the placement of 4 of their own in the 3rd round (Garcia, Cornet, Tan and Parry), the Tricolor representatives put an end to 18 years of waiting on Church Road. At that point in 2004 they were just 5 (Mauresmo, Dechy, Razzano, Bartoli and Golovin).

NADAL IN 4 ROUNDS… As on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal had to fight for 4 sets to find the key. This time it was Ricardas Berankis who made life a little harder than expected. The Lithuanian dared to step on the Spaniard’s bacon and honestly it wasn’t awkward for the show. But once again the record holder of the Grand Slam titles went over his shoulder. So much so that he’s increasingly believing in a 23rd coronation, even if his game isn’t perfect (read box).

Bye Dennis! Abused by Brandon Nakasahima, Denis Shapovalov was far from his 2021 (semifinals) level. It’s a total failure for him, but not at all surprising, because 2022 is an “annus horribilis” for him. In fact, “Shapo” has only won one game in 6 tournaments since mid-May. Awful.

SWIATEK HAS SUFFERING! Here, exceptionally, Iga Swiatek suffered! This original fact happened yesterday when the No. 1 WTA was jostled by the unknown Lesley Kerkhove, almost 31 years old (6-4 4-6 6-3). The Dutchman, 138th WTA and from the qualification, was bold and cheeky. It was interesting to see, but the Pole still had the last word.

DESERT CONFEDERATION… In the 3rd round there will be no Swiss, Viktorija Golubic folded against Barbora Krejcikova. If the Zurich native’s defeat isn’t disastrous, the fact remains that it leaves some regret as ‘Vika’ could have done seriously better against the 2021 Roland-Garros winner. Only in tennis it’s not just the opponent who has to serve…

PETRA IS BACK! It’s our pleasure to see Petra Kvitova’s smile again! The Czech advanced to Round 3 by dominating Ana Bogdan (6-1 7-6) as she prepares to rub shoulders with Paula Badosa. Kvitova, 32, remains a great former Wimbledon champion (2011 and 2014) but she’s been through a lot since then. However, her most recent title at Eastbourne got her back in the saddle. Well, what if she was the surprise of the woman painting?

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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