Kyrgios reminiscent of Sampras, says Woodbridge
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Todd Woodbridge described fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios's stunning victory over world No.1 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday as one of the best performances he has ever seen from a teenager.
The 19-year-old wildcard continued his dream Wimbledon debut at the All England Club by overpowering the 14-times grand slam champion 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
"It's one of the best performances I've seen in my 30 years in tennis from a teenager," Woodbridge, who made the singles semi-finals in 1997 and formed one of the world's greatest doubles partnerships with Mark Woodforde, told Reuters minutes after watching the Center Court thriller.
Kyrgios, a former junior world No.1, has an eye-catching, attacking style that is already drawing comparisons with some of the world's greats.
Three-times Wimbledon winner John McEnroe has likened the athletic Australian upstart to Boris Becker, while Woodbridge believes there are similarities with a young Pete Sampras - the man who ended his run in 1997.
"For me it's a bit like a Pete Sampras when he first made his mark," he said. "We all knew he was good then but he went bang at the U.S. Open and won the tournament (as a 19-year-old).
"I think we are a long way from winning the tournament but it's a long time since we've seen some one do what he's doing. I think back to when a young Rafa burst on to the scene as a teenager, that's what it's like."
When Kyrgios served for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set, many would have expected some nerves. Continued...