Aussie tennis sensation upsets world number one
AUSSIE Nick Kyrgios stunned the tennis world when he defeated world number one Rafael Nadal.
I almost didn't believe it until I saw the scoreline.
Kyrgios did the impossible.
He did what most others who have tried gallantly against the Spaniard but have failed.
The stage was set.
Kyrgios versus Nadal on centre court at the All England Club at Wimbledon.
It was the up-and-comer taking on the veteran.
You would be forgiven for thinking the teen would be overwhelmed by the occasion.
He was ranked 144 in the world and Nadal was number one.
His career prize money was pocket change for Nadal who has won more than $70 million over his career.
Australian fans were already proud of him, he had made it to the round of 16.
But he proved commentators, fans and other tennis players what he is capable of.
The 19-year-old did what he promised he would do, he defeated Nadal in four closely battled sets.
Kyrgios,a Wimbledon wildcard, delivered his most outstanding performance of his young career to shock the 14-time Grand Slam winner and reach the Wimbledon quarter finals.
The scoreline 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
It was the first time a teenager had beaten a world number one at a major tournament for nearly 10 years.
Kyrgios served an amazing 37 aces and smashed 70 winners in comparison to Nadal's 44.
Then there was that shot.
The shot that has people all over the world claiming it was the tennis shot of the year.
Kyrgios hit the ball through his leg for a drop shot winner.
The wonder shot sums up his attitude best.
The Canberra native is fearless.
The Canberra native is fearless. His ability to rise to the occasion is infectious.
His can-do attitude and ability to rise to the occasion and take on anyone who stands in his way, no matter who they are is infectious.
Then on match point, he was as cool as can be, serving the game out with an ace.
It was a comprehensive performance that bought tears to his family's eyes.
Now, Kyrgios will have to do it all again.
His quarter-final clash will be played in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He will face the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic.
There is no doubt, if Kyrgios can play with the same passion and determination like he did against Nadal, then there will be no stopping him.
He will be Australia's next tennis champion.
Youngsters aspiring to make it should look up to him and the way he has transformed his game and now made a name for himself.
I am sure Australians from across the country will stay up late to watch the young gun, when he is next in action.
I know I will.