Wimbledon 2014: Aussie Kyrgios sets up Nadal clash

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 29, 2014, 04:30 AM IST

London: Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios set up a Wimbledon last 16 clash with world number one Rafael Nadal with victory over Jiri Vesely on Saturday.

The world number 144 beat his Czech fellow former junior world number one, also playing on a wildcard, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in their third-round tie.

Kyrgios was roared on by supporters on Court 17 who serenaded him with a rendition of the national anthem "Advance Australia Fair", with the emphasis on enthusiasm rather than note-hitting accuracy.

The 19-year-old debutant now has a shot at two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal in the fourth round which should provide a measure of his progress.

Kyrgios is the youngest player left in the men`s draw and also the last Australian standing in the singles.

He became the first player to reach the fourth round on his Wimbledon debut since Brian Baker in 2012, and the first wildcard to do so since Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2009.

It is just the ninth time that a wild card has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in the post-1968 Open Era.