Wimbledon 2014: Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios match preview

A look ahead to the fourth-round match in the men's singles

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The Independent Online

It does not happen often that an unknown teenager faces his childhood hero and the current world no.1 in the late stages of any major tournament. But this is exactly what Centre Court ticket holders and millions around the world will be treated to when Rafael Nadal takes on Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, the Australian wonder boy, ranked 144, who only turned pro last year has already been named the dark horse of the tournament.

En route to the second week at SW19 he beat Stephane Robert, Jiri Vesely and more importantly Richard Gasquet having defended an astounding nine match points before leaving the court as the winner, to a standing ovation.

His confidence and composure on court are however no coincidence. Only last year the 19-year-old was junior world no.1 and junior Australian Open champion.

However, any of his achievements are put to shame by those of his opponent, who at 28 has over 700 career wins to his name, and an incredible 14 Grand Slam titles. It will be an interesting confrontation between the hero of today and a potential hero of tomorrow.

The winner will meet Milos Raonic or Kei Nishikori next in the quarter-final.

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Nadal’s prize money equals $ 70, 505, 136 while for Kyrgios that sum is approximately 300 times smaller ($235,084)

The Spaniard has won 64 career titles while Kyrgios has none to his name.

Kyrgios comes third in the ranking for most aces in the tournament so far with 76. Nadal is not among the top 20 players in this category.


Kyrgios to win: 14/1

Nadal to win 1/16

TV:  BBC 1