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By The Numbers: Kyrgios More Than Your Average Teen

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Kyrgios © Getty ImagesNick Kyrgios reacts after upsetting World No. 1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“I'm just a normal kid, 19 year old,” said Australian Nick Kyrgios, following his upset win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Kyrgios, who hails from Canberra, is currently travelling with his sister and dad because “I get homesick pretty quickly if I don't see them.” He wears a chain with a cross, a lucky charm given to him given to him by his mum, and said he'd “text her a smiley face” after his press conference.

“I play a lot of XBOX. I brought my XBOX with me,” he said. “Never did I think a week ago I was going to make the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in my first appearance.

“I'm sure some of you have 19-year-old kids. I’m exactly the same.”

Here are the stats that set Kyrgios apart from your average 19 year old:

• No. 144 wild card Kyrgios posted the biggest win of his career over No. 1  Nadal and is the first teenager to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since countryman Bernard Tomic in 2011.

•  This was Nadal’s lowest-ranked loss in a Grand Slam tournament. The previous was No. 135 Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in the first round last year.

• Kyrgios hit a career-high 37 aces, the most Nadal has every faced in a match in his career (previous 35 by Karlovic, 2008 Queen’s). Kyrgios leads the tournament in aces with 113 followed by John Isner (110), Milos Raonic (108), Marin Cilic (98) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (91).

• Kyrgios is the first wild card to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2009. Goran Ivanisevic is the last wild card to reach the semi-finals here in 2001 when he won the title.

• This is the first time three players born in the 1990s are in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament – Kyrgios (1995), Grigor Dimitrov (1991) and Milos Raonic (1990).

• Kyrgios is projected to jump from No. 144 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to between No. 65-70 and between around No. 30-32 with a semi-final result.

• This is the first time there are at least five first-time quarter-finalists at Wimbledon since there were six in 2002:
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)
Xavier Malisse (BEL)
David Nalbandian (ARG)
Andre Sa (BRA)
Sjeng Schalken (NED)

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