Wimbledon Preview – Nick Kyrgios v Radek Stepanek

If entertainment is your thing and potentially tie-breaks then you are in for a treat. One of the veterans on the tour in 37 year old Radek Stepanek who gave Andy Murray a big scare at Roland Garros last month takes on top 20 ranked Nick Kyrgios for the second time in their careers.

The last time they met was at Roland Garros three years with Nick winning 7-6 7-6 7-6 so who knows more tie-breaks might be on the cards?

I think Radek deserves a lot of credit. He had a horrible injury last year and his recovery has been superb and it just shows no matter how old you are it is possible. When he was causing trouble for Andy Murray at Roland Garros I didn’t think he looked 37 and if he continues like this I see no reason why he can’t go for a few more years.

Nick and Radek on a grass court is just asking for entertainment. The furthest either player has gone before at Wimbledon is the quarter finals. Radek made it back in 2006 where as Nick made the headlines in 2014 with his impressive wins against Gasquet and Nadal that year.

Variety is what I like to see in tennis and I hope that we see the very best of both players. Nick will have to come up with some special shots and will be tested especially by the power of Stepanek who is also excellent at the net as we see when he plays doubles having made the final of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

As facing unseeded players go I don’t think Nick could have had a tougher opponent in round one. I want to see the Australian go far in the tournament he has a potential round two tie with Dustin Brown which would be incredible to see but there is a lot of work to do before you can start thinking about future opponents.

I do think Nick will win over four sets and to carry on the theme from their meeting a few years ago surely there will be a tie-break?


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