Kyrgios out-guns Raonic for Wimbledon upset

Nick Kyrgios is playing well at SW19 again
Nick Kyrgios is playing well at SW19 again
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Australia's Nick Kyrgios continues to make headlines at Wimbledon after he sent seventh seed Milos Raonic crashing out in round three.

Raonic had not lost to Kyrgios in two previous encounters and the 24-year-old Canadian seemed to be in control when his opponent imploded by throwing in three quick double faults to gift him the opening set.

The 26th seed hit 34 aces and 61 winners as he gained revenge for last year's quarter-final defeat by Raonic.

Kyrgios outlasted Raonic in a bruising encounter to win 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 and ensure he will be hanging around into the second week at the All-England Club.

Kyrgios has once again attracted interest this year after he clashed with officials in his opening two matches. He picked up a code violation in the win over Raonic when he slammed his racket into the turf and saw it bounce into the crowd.

His interaction with the enthralled crowd on Court Two was mostly good humoured, with the 20-year-old Aussie engaging the SW19 patrons while also remonstrating verbally with himself throughout the two hours and 43 minutes it took to dispose of Raonic.

There was no disguising his delight when he wrapped up his four-set victory and he immediately set his sights on Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who now stands between him and a place in the last eight for the second year running.

"I don't fear anyone," said Kyrgios. "Whoever I play I will just play aggressively and just keep that mind set."

Raonic had not lost to Kyrgios in two previous encounters and the 24-year-old Canadian seemed to be in control when his opponent imploded by throwing in three quick double faults to gift him the opening set.

Service breaks were at a premium and Kyrgios had to be brave to save a break point at the midway point in the second set as Raonic threatened to seize complete control.

With that catastrophe avoided, it was the Aussie player that grew in stature and he gradually took control of the match.

After levelling matters, the third set was once more attritional on serve before Kyrgios exploded into life by taking six straight points in the crucial tie-breaker that gave him an advantage he never looked like relinquishing.

Raonic was powerless to fight back and Kyrgios needed only one break of serve in the fourth set to put himself in sight of victory, which he duly wrapped up.

The real pleasing factor for Kyrgios was how many of his opponent's serves he managed to keep in play and afterwards he said he had decided to concentrate on getting the ball in play rather than going for ambitious winners.

"I knew Raonic would serve well but I returned well, got a lot of balls back, and created a lot of chances," he said. "I knew there wouldn't be much rhythm in the match. I had to put pressure on my serve. I lost some focus at the end of first set but then stuck to my plan."

Andy Murray will be relieved to know that Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian that ended his reign as Wimbledon champion last year, has been eliminated by Gasquet.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2007, brushed aside an out-of-sorts Dimitrov 6-3 6-4 6-4 to book a tussle with Kyrgios.

French Open winner Stan Wawrinka is also safely into week two, with the Swiss taking care of Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4 in under two hours on Court One to book a slot against David Goffin of Belgium in the last 16.

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