Nakashima 6-4, 4-6, 4-3 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Nakashima holds to love, as Kyrgios touches his shoulder again in between points. Both players take a sit down and the physio is back on court, furiously rubbing the problem area again under an umbrella.
Nakashima* 6-4, 4-6, 3-3 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
The Aussie stands up and paces to the back of the court and the Centre Court crowd give him a cheer. There’s no way they’ll want to see him retire from this one. He gets on with the business, whipping a tenacious forehand winner cross court, 30-love. He seems to be taking a bit more time ow in between serves, most likely due to his shoulder. Nakashima pulls it back to 30-30 after the Aussie shanks a forehand beyond the baseline, followed by a red-hot ace, 40-30. It’s then Nakashima’s turn to wallop the ball beyond the baseline.
Nakashima 6-4, 4-6, 3-2 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
A routine service game from Nakashima.
The Aussie slumps two backhands into the net – shoulder is giving him gip again. Another backhand error gifts Nakashima the hold.
Kyrgios hunched over his racquet while trailing 40-15 and feels his right shoulder. The physio has been called onto the court.. and is now receiving a medical timeout.
Nakashima* 6-4, 4-6, 2-2 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Three mammoth aces from Kyrgios, who holds to love. His serving arm is like a spaghetti string – the flexibility defies the amount of power he is able to produce. Nakashima can’t get to grips with it.
Nakashima 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Kyrios gets lucky with a return that trickles over the net and just about stays inside the tram line, but enjoys less fortune as he wallops a forehand well wide. Nakashima isn’t giving this one up easily.
Third set: Nakashima* 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Nakashima holds to love easily, before Kyrgios does exactly the same.. in about two minutes. He looks a bit more invested in this match all of a sudden.
Let’s check in with Uche Amako again..
Second set goes to Nick Kyrgios and the crowd are elated. Nakashima will rue that costly service game earlier in the set. It’s how a best of three shoot out on Centre Court!
Nakashima* 6-4, 4-6 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios recovers from a double fault to take the second set!
The Australian readjusts his hat before serving at 30-15. Nakashima responds well and astutely lands a forehand winner right on the line, which Kyrgios can only return into the net.
Kyrgios serves up a another ace, 40-30, before closing out the game.. and set! Nakashima is going to try and crack his almighty serve if he’s going to land himself a place in the quarter-finals.
Nakashima 6-4, 4-5 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios’ movement doesn’t look 100% .. or is Nakashima just completely locked in the moment? He’s only ever played one slam quarter-final before – at Wimbledon in 2019 – but looks quite at home out on Centre Court.
Nakashima fires down an ace 40-15, before dinking a delicious drop over the net. Kyrgios reacts too late and can only return into the net.
Nakashima* 6-4, 3-5 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios gets things underway with two quick-fire aces, before sending a cross-court forehand return long, 30-15 and then pummels the ball into the net, 30-30.
He lets out a roar as he sends down a 137mph ace, 40-30… and then thumps down another! That shoulder doesn’t look to be causing him too much trouble.
Nakashima 6-4, 3-4 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Nakshima goes 15-love, 30-love up as Kyrgios sends a forehand return long.
A 111mph ace down the court from Nakashima, who really isn’t showing any sign of nerves, but he then hammers a forehand return into the net, 40-15, before wrapping things up with a forehand winner.
Kyrgios stomps back to his chair as both players take a break.
Some analysis from our tennis expert Uche Amako on Kyrgios’ shoulder..
Shoulder injury? What shoulder injury? The painkillers Kyrgios took at the recent changeover clearly worked because he held serve to love and then hit a ‘tweener’ in Nakashima’s service game
Nakashima 6-4, 2-3 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
A pretty routine service game there for Nakashima, who is determined to go toe-to-toe with his Australian rival here as he thunders down an ace, before following it up with a sumptuous drop shot.
Nakashima 6-4, 1-3 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
This time it’s Nakashima’s turn to bring his drop volley slice.. but Kyrgios outclasses him with an underarm return through his legs! The crowd really loved that one. This is what they’re here for.. a bit of showmanship from the charismatic Australian.
Nakashima* 6-4, 1-3 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
15-0, 30-0 Kyrgios with two mammoth serves that Nakashima can do nothing with, before the Australian invites his opponent to the net with a delicious drop volley as he effortlessly seals the game.
Nakashima 6-4, 1-2 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
A break for Kyrgios! If his shoulder is causing him pain, he’s not letting it impact his game right now. Another double fault from Nakashiae cost him there, before a forehand flies wildly off his racquet.
Nakashima* 6-4, 1-1 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
More lively play from Nakashima, who pushes his opponent to deuce with a couple of fiery returns. Kyrgios seems to be moving his shoulder there.. is it sore? He doesn’t seem too unperturbed though and holds after taking the advantage.
Someone from the crowd has just shouted, ‘Come on Stefanos!’ That was a bit rogue.
Second set: Nakashima 6-4, 1-0 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Nakashima is feeding off the adrenaline on Centre Court..
Kyrgios strokes a backhand beyond the baseline as Nakashima draws first blood in this opening service game of the second set.
More from Pat Cash on BBC 5 Live, who sums it up pretty nicely:
He doesn’t need the circus around him, but at the moment Nick Kyrgios does need something to fire him up.
Nakashima* 6-4 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Wow, Kygrios’ service game went to pot there! Nakashima takes the opening set!
Some subime returns from the American puts pressure on the Kyrgios serve, and we have three break and set points.
Kyrgios responds with an ace, before firing a forehand long.
Nakashima 5-4 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
A series of strong serves from Nakashima and he’s 40 love up, before another double fault, 40-15.
Pat Cash has made a lot already of the way Nakashima has applied himself so far in this opening sat – here’s him talking on BBC Radio 5 Live:
Stefanos allowed himself to get sucked in. Brandon is the total opposite to Tsitsipas. He won’t do that at all.
Nakashima* 4-4 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios kicks things off with a 108mph serve – a pretty tame one by his standards – before coasting at 40-15. No underarm serve this time around..
Nakashima 4-3 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
A pretty routine service game for Nakashima, who shows real composure to come through a couple of patient rallies unscathed, 40-15.
Nakashima* 3-3 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Someone whistles in the crowd as Kyrgios goes 30-love up. This guy really isn’t hanging about today – the speed at which he’s delivering his serves is quite ridiculous, as he sends a searing forehand winner down the court which Nakashima doesn’t even bother chasing.
Nakashima 3-2 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Two better serves from Nakashima sees Kyrgios bundle returns into the net, before shanking another long. He then sends a ballooning forehand down the court which wrong foots Kyrgios. Nakashima holds to love. That was much better from the youngster.
Nakashima* 2-2 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios holds breezes to 40-love with a series of quick fire serves and then… produces an underarm serve! It unexpectedly trickles over the net and out. The crowd really loved that one – this is why he’s here.
The Australian then teases Nakashima with a delicious forehand slice at the net as he closes out the game.
Nakashima 2-1 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)
Nakashima tries his luck in stretching Kyrgios across the baseline and gets a bit lucky as Kyrgios wallops a forehand wide, 30-15. He then struggles again to return Nakashima’s serve. Oops, then the young American double faults, 40-30.
An impromptu roar from a line judge as the youngster hits another serve long, which prompts a giggle in the crowd. Kyrgios has pulled this one to deuce., takes the advantage.. before Kyrgios misses a forehand return.
Bit of a loose service game there from Nakashima.
Nakashima* 1-1 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Kyrgios shanks a forehand long, 30-15. He then makes amends by sending a searing forehand cross court, before wrapping up proceedings. The Australian was virtually taking no time in between his serves there…
First set: Nakashima* 1-0 Kyrgios (*denotes next server)
Three missed service returns there from Kyrgios, but a solid start to this match from the young American.
Kyrgios has just warmed up an underarm serve..
But he lost the coin toss. Nakashima to serve first.
Play to begin soon
The July sun is streaming onto Centre Court, as both players begin their warm-up.
The players walk out
Nakashima first, followed by Kyrgios, who is sporting his baseball cap back to front.
It’s nearly showtime!
We’ll be bringing you all the action live from Centre Court this afternoon as headline human Nick Kyrgios takes on 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round.
Following his fiery third-round clash over Stefanos Tsitsipas – who called him a “bully” with an “evil side” on Saturday night – Kyrios was granted a Centre Court billing for this one, as he bids to reach his first Wimbeldon quarter-final since 2014.
On paper, it should be pretty plain sailing for big-serving Kyrgios. Nakashima is a rising star of men’s tennis and is enjoying his deepest run at a slam.
Unsurprisingly, Wimbledon’s show court is already filling up fast for this one…
De Minaur wins his serve to reach 4-4 in the third set
Having worked efficiently through all his opponents so far in this competition, only dropping that solitary set to Liam Broady, the Australian will be looking to finish off the third set in a similar fashion. Garin has been working optimistically through the third set, but De Minaur has looked sharper throughout.
17th seed Elena Rybakina
… is three games up in the first set, out on Court No. 1, having broken the opening service game of Petra Martic.
De Minaur draws level
Garin plays a forehand straight down the line forehand to De Minaur which looks unplayable, but De Minaur slides to strike his return over the net and past Garin’s racquet.
The game reaches its third deuce as Garin attempts to bring the set back under his control. De Minaur wins the third advantage after Garin nets, swiping the air furiously with his racquet in frustration.
De Minaur wins the game to make it three all in the third set after Garin hits the net again.
De Minaur breaks Garin
After a striking start to the third set which saw Garin go three games ahead in the second set, De Minaur inches back into the set with a break to bring the score to 3-2.
A snapshot of Nakashima
Although the less well-known of today’s Centre Court openers, Nakashima is worth considering. Having turned professional in 2020, the 20-year-old had his deepest run in a grand slam at this year’s French Open, reaching the third round, and on grass, reached the round of 16 at Eastbourne and the quarter-finals in the Surbiton Trophy.
Interestingly, both times, Nakashima went out to British players: Cameron Norrie at Eastbourne, and Andy Murray in Surbiton.
Ostapenko/Kichenok take the second set
The fourth seeds beat Watson/Dart 6-4 in the second set. The Britons fought back after Ostapenko and Kichenok sprinted 4-1 ahead, winning the next three games, but the match will be played into the third set.
De Minaur leads Garin going into the third set: 6-2, 7-5
The players reach deuce after De Minaur serves his first double fault of the match. The players rally from the baseline, both pressing each other deep, and De Minaur thinks the advantage is his after Garin slips to return his forehand – instead, De Minaur sends the ball into the net. De Minaur wins the second advantage, then the third, Garin pushing him back each time, until Garin makes his 24th unforced error to hand De Minaur the set.
Why Novak Djokovic looks unbeatable on grass as he chases Sampras, Borg and Federer record
A four-set late night victory against Van Rijthoven was his 25th in a row on the Wimbledon grass and, should he triumph again on Sunday, he will join only Sampras, Federer and Bjorn Borg in the Open era to have won four consecutive Wimbledon titles.
Jeremy Wilson examines the aspects of Djokovic’s game which make him a worthy favourite for this year’s championship.
Garin breaks again
It’s five all in the second set as De Minaur pulls off break through gritted teeth to keep De Minaur from winning the second set. To reach love-forty Garin plays an inch-perfect backhand which just bypasses the tip of De Minaur’s racquet, and moments later, the Chilean wins the game.
Next game is a must-hold.
‘Divisive’ proves a shade insubstantial as a description for Kyrgios
De Minaur breaks back
And extremely quickly too. Going onto his serve, he reaches 40-0 in aggressive fashion. De Minaur then leaves a shot from Garin which the umpire and line judges fail to call out but Hawkeye shows us – out. Garin then wins on his serve, but De Minaur is once again serving for the set.
Garin’s turn to break
Garin wins his eighth break point of the match to finally break De Minaur’s serve, and make it three all in the second set. De Minaur had a small hand in it with a shot which ended up in the net, but Garin finally allows himself a smile, looking to wrestle momentum from the Australian’s match-long control.
Happy Birthday to a three-time Wimbledon champion
Pat Cash accuses Nick Kyrgios of ‘cheating and gamesmanship’ at Wimbledon
He’s brought tennis to the lowest level I can see as far as gamesmanship, cheating, manipulation, abuse, aggressive behaviour to umpires, to linesmen.
Something has got to be done about it. It’s just an absolute circus. It’s gone to the absolute limit now.
Watson and Dart win the first set
The Britons were able to pull ahead as the set came to a close, after Ostapenko and Kichenok broke back at 5-5.
Garin misses break opportunity
Garin began the second set well, winning his opening service game with a zest and efficiency that had been lacking from the first set, and in the second game, reached forty-love quickly. But De Minaur resisted, and climbed his way up to deuce to win on his serve at the first advantage.
Quite a demoralising moment for Garin – let’s see how he responds at 1-1.
Blue skies ahead
Unlike last week, which was beset with weather-related interruptions, every day this week – at present – looks to be as suitable for grass court tennis as today.
De Minaur takes the first set
The 20th seed wins the first set 6-2 in what has been a quite one-sided match so far. De Minaur has only lost one set in the competition – to Britain’s Jack Draper.
Garin, by contrast, has made 16 unforced errors today, nine of which have been on his forehand. A lot to do in the second set for the Chilean.
A Kyrigos match without theatre? Impossible
De Minaur breaks Garin again
The game re-set to deuce three times before De Minaur gained the advantage pinning Garin to the back of the court for him to net the ball. De Minaur wins the game after looping the ball over Garin at the net, for it to land squarely in behind the Chilean.
Another break for De Minaur, and he’s serving for the first set.
In the women’s doubles
Great British duo Heather Watson and Harriet Dart are 5-4 up in the first set against Jelena Ostapenko and Lyudmyla Kichenok, who are ranked fourth. Serving now, they’ve just broken the Ostapenko/Kichenok serve on Court No.3.
De Minaur pulls ahead
De Minaur goes 4-2 up in the first set again Garin, having broken Garin a second time since that opening game.
Garin is struggling a little with his vision, having had eye-droppers from the physio during the change of ends at 3-2. Pointing at the grass, he might be suffering with hayfever.
A nightmare for any grass court player, I imagine.
That quarter-finalist? Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios will be looking to match that achievement, and progress for a deepest-ever finish in a grand slam.
Our quarter-finalists so far
Today’s singles competitors are questing for a place in the quarter-finals, but Sunday’s action – for the first time in the history of the tournament – has already given us a handful of quarter-finalists. They are:
In what felt like a glimpse into the future, 20-year-old Sinner defeated 19-year-old starboy Carlos Alcaraz and Djokovic sent home Dutch wildcard Tim van Rijthoven, who was enjoying a glittering run off the back of his defeat of Daniil Medvedev which won him the Rosmalen Championship.
Ons Jabeur, the world No. 2, is in flying form, now one of the heavy favourites in the tournament after French Open champion Iga Swiatek was dispatched by Alize Cornet.
They’re under way on Court No. 2
Australian Alex De Minaur, the boyfriend of British No. 3 Katie Boulter who went out against Harmony Tan in the third round, is one game up against Cristian Garin. De Minaur, who beat Britain’s Liam Broady in the third round, broke the Chilean’s opening service game with minimal fuss.
Getting ready for day eight
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of day eight at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios’ 1.30pm clash against the unseeded Brandon Nakashima is the showpiece Centre Court tie of the first afternoon going into week two of the competition, as the world No. 40 continues his barnstorming run through the championship. As anticipated, his performance at Wimbledon thus far has garnered no little controversy.
After being fined $10,000 for spitting on a spectator in his first round match against Paul Jubb, Kyrgios was labelled a “bully” with an “evil” streak by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who Kyrgios defeated in four sets on Saturday night to make it into the second week.
Kyrgios, who is also unseeded in this year’s tournament, has never played the American Nakashima, who is ranked 56th. Nakashima has had a comparatively simpler run to reach the round of 16, defeating 261th-ranked Nicola Kuhn and 109th-ranked Daniel Galan, his biggest test coming against 13th seed Denis Shapovalov, who he bested 6-2 4-5 6-1 7-6 (8-6). By contrast, after a five-set victory over British wildcard Paul Jubb, Kyrgios defeated 27th-seed Filip Krajinovic in straight sets before his nail-biting thriller against Tsitsipas, who was seeded fourth.
Later this evening, Rafael Nadal will play Botiv van de Zandschulp for the second time this summer, after meeting in the third round of the French Open. The 2022 French Open winner dispatched van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4 on his route to the championship, and the Dutchman will no doubt be seeking revenge.
We will be bringing your game-by-game coverage of Kyrgios versus Nakashima, but before that starts, there will be updates from Elena Rybakina and Petra Martic, and Jason Kubler versus eleventh-seed Taylor Fritz on Court No. 1, and Cristian Garin versus Alex De Minaur, and Alize Cornet against Ajla Tomljanovic on Court No. 2.
It’s set to be an exciting start to the second week of Wimbledon 2022, so make sure to follow along with us.