Nadal, Federer Remain On Collision Course: Wimbledon Round Of 16 Preview
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
The Round of 16 picture will be completed on Monday at the Wimbledon Championships, with three third-round matches yet to be finished in the bottom half of the draw. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and seven-time champion Roger Federer have already confirmed their places in the fourth round, with eighth-seed Milos Raonic blasting into the second week as well.
At World No. 144 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Kyrgios is looking to become just the second player ranked outside the Top 100 to upset a World No. 1 at a Grand Slam. Andrei Olhovskiy, ranked 193rd, previously stunned Jim Courier as a qualifier at Wimbledon in 1992. Only seven players ranked lower than Kyrgios have accomplished the feat at the tour level.
In just his second main draw at a major, the Aussie is looking to become the first player to reach the quarter-finals at SW19 on their debut since Florian Mayer in 2004.
He will face a monumental task against Nadal, who recorded his 700th match win with a first round defeat of Martin Klizan last week. The Spaniard remains on course to take over sole possession of second place on the all-time Grand Slam titles list, with 15.
Nadal is also bidding to become just the second man in the Open Era to win the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double on three occasions, joining Bjorn Borg, who completed the clay-grass Grand Slam double from 1978-‘80. Nadal won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.
"Young players are very dangerous as they always have something special," Nadal said of Kyrgios. "They are able to play with no pressure. They are fresh. He has a great serve. He's an aggressive player."
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Federer will be seeking revenge on Robredo after falling in straight sets in their most recent meeting, at the US Open last year. It was the Spaniard’s first victory in 11 FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters.
A win for Federer would see the Swiss pass Jimmy Connors for most Grand Slam quarter-finals reached in the Open Era (42). He is in third place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 70-8 FedEx Win-Loss record, and will overtake Boris Becker for second should he reach the semis.
Robredo, meanwhile, advanced to his first Round of 16 at Wimbledon in his 13th trip to the All England Club. Their encounter will complete a set of Grand Slam meetings, having faced each other at the 2007 and 2011 Australian Open, 2007 Roland Garros and the 2009 and 2013 US Open. As an added incentive for defeating the 17-time Grand Slam champion, Robredo is bidding for his 100th Grand Slam match win.
Rain-Delayed Third Round Matches To Be Completed
No. 8 seed Milos Raonic awaits the victor of the in-progress five-set battle between fellow young gun Kei Nishikori and veteran Italian Simone Bolelli, who are locked at 3-3 in the decider. Bolelli, a lucky loser, is a combined 22-6 in 2014 with a trio of ATP Challenger Tour titles, in his comeback from a seven-month wrist injury absence. He is bidding for his first Grand Slam fourth round at age 28. Nishikori, who forced the deciding set after snatching the fourth set tie-break, is eyeing his first Round of 16 berth at Wimbledon in his sixth appearance.
The lone third-round matches that have yet to commence pit fifth-seed Stan Wawrinka against Denis Istomin and No. 9 seed John Isner against a red hot Feliciano Lopez. Wawrinka, the reigning Australian Open champion, has never reached a Wimbledon quarter-final, while Istomin is eyeing his first Grand Slam fourth-round berth. Isner, the last remaining American in the draw, finds himself in his first third round at the All England Club. He faces Lopez, who has won 11 of his previous 12 tour-level matches on grass, for the fourth time.