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Nick Kyrgios still enjoying victory over Rafael Nadal

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Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals at his Wimbledon debut (©GettyImages)
Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals at his Wimbledon debut (©GettyImages).

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has admitted he is still enjoying watching his shock fourth round victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon earlier this month.

The 19-year-old caused one of the biggest surprises in recent years at SW19, as he amazed the Centre Court crowd with a 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory over the number two seeded Spaniard.

The world number 65 is not forgetting the most notable triumph of his career so far, and he occasionally manages to find the time to watch highlights of the match on his mobile phone.

The Australian number three said in an interview with the Melbourne Age: “When you get a bit sad or lonely, just watch it. It's just good for confidence and when you're sitting around just analyse how you played, and all that sort of stuff.

“I don’t go looking on YouTube and watching myself play, but when I just want something to do it's always an option.''

Life after Wimbledon

Despite then being knocked out by Canadian Milos Raonic in four sets in the quarter-finals, his win over Nadal raised his profile, to the extent that a vast number of supporters were there to greet their new hero when he arrived back in his home country.

“I got to the airport and there were about 800 people there, cameras everywhere, so it was pretty full-on. And even when I was at home, I was getting, not to say pestered, but it was pretty full-on.''

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Kyrgios’ run to the last eight at the All England Club saw his world ranking rise by 79 positions from 144th, and his ousting of two-time champion Nadal was ironically the first time a teenager had beaten the world number one at a Grand Slam since Nadal beat Roger Federer at the French Open in 2005.

He is seen by many as one of the rising stars of the game, and his blistering form shown at his first appearance at Wimbledon followed tournament victories in three challenger events this year.

While he may stand a chance of potentially becoming the first Australian male to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002, Kyrgios is still getting used to the attention he is receiving.

“I can't really go anywhere without being noticed, so that's probably the biggest difference”.

Hard court season

The Canberra-born player is yet to play since losing to Raonic, and he will now turn his attentions to the second hard court season of the year, where he is scheduled to play in the Toronto Masters next week, which will be his first Masters Series tournament.

Next up on his schedule after that is the Cincinnati Masters the following week, before he makes his second appearance at the US Open.

The tournament at Flushing Meadows will be the first Grand Slam that Kyrgios has qualified for automatically, as he has not previously entered a Grand Slam while ranked inside the top 100.

It will be just his sixth appearance at a Grand Slam, and he is yet to reach the third round of a major outside of Wimbledon.

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