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Kyrgios beats Nakashima to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

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LONDON – The angelic Nick Kyrgios reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final in seven years as he recovered from a slow start to beat level-headed American Brandon Nakashima in five sets on Wimbledon’s Center Court on Monday.

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With Kyrgios’ emphatic Court One victory over fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas still the talk of the town, the Australian was on his best behavior in front of the Royal Box as he cruised to a 4-6 6-4 7-6(2). Win 3-6 6-2.

Unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin awaits in the round of 16, offering Kyrgios a unique opportunity to get past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on his debut in 2014.

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After Saturday’s chaos, when Kyrgios was accused by Tsitsipas of being a bully, he let his tennis do the talking against the 20-year-old Nakashima, barely uttering an angry word during a contest that featured few of the fireworks usually associated. with an Australian.

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The world number 40 looked subdued in the opening set, appearing to be troubled by a stiff shoulder.

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Two forehand errors at 4-5 sent Nakashima into the opening set as Kyrgios looked to be on the verge of a climax.

In the second set, however, he broke serve at 2:1 and after treating his shoulder gradually gained strength and leveled the match.

Nakashima was fully focused as he held on in front in the third set and came within two points to take the set when Kyrgios served again at 4-5.

This time Kyrgios served his way out of trouble and turned on the racing style during the tiebreak.

Kyrgios suddenly found himself on the boil and was broken twice in a row as Nakashima took it to a decider but fired up to cruise to victory.

Serving for the match, the 27-year-old recovered from 0-30 down to seal victory with a silky volley winner.

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