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‘My best chance to win a Grand Slam’: Kyrgios hands Krajinovic a grass-court masterclass en route to third round

Nick Kyrgios beat Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday afternoon. He’ll face Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 4 seed, in the next round, and try to prove he is a real contender for the crown

Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2022 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios acknowledges the crowd after winning his second round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Wimbledon 2022 | Draw | Order of play

Nick Kyrgios reached the third round of Wimbledon by beating Serb Filip Krajinovic, the No 26 seed and Queen’s finalist, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Thursday.

Kyrgios, ranked No 40, will face the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 4 seed, next, in a much-anticipated match-up.

The Australian won against wildcard Paul Jubb (3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5) in the previous round – and admitted that he had suffered from nerves in that performance.

“Just getting over the line in that first round was massive,” he said in his on-court interview. “I’ve been playing some really good tennis the last couple of months, so I was really surprised the way I played the other day.

“Today I was in the zone, great body language and played well. Just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good.”

Kyrgios: I’m so excited to be here

Kyrgios has done a good job of reminding people of that since the start of the grass-court season, reaching the semi-final in both Halle and Stuttgart.

And he stressed just how much he wants to succeed at Wimbledon.

“I’m just happy, I’ve been working hard, I’ve been preparing for this tournament, it’s been circled on my calendar all year. I’m so excited to be here. It’s my best chance to win a Grand Slam, of all four. I’ve obviously got a very tough draw. Today I couldn’t have played better.”

In the previous round, Krajinovic, ranked No 31, won against Czech Jiri Lehecka (5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-4).

The seeds at Wimbledon 2022

The seeds who lost Thursday (2nd round) : Schwartzman (12), Shapovalov (13), Bautista Agut (17), Krajinovic (26)

The seeds who won Thursday (2nd round) : Tsitsipas (4), Fritz (11), Van de Zandschulp (21), Brooksby (29)

The seeds who lost at the firs round : Auger-Aliassime (6), Hurkacz (7), Berrettini (8, W.O.), Cilic (14, W.O.), Carreño Busta (16), Dimitrov (18)Rune (24), Evans (28)

London (Grand Slam), other second-round results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000, most recent results first):

  • Alex De Minaur vs. Jack Draper
  • Dennis Novak vs. Jason Murray Kubler
  • Ricardas Berankis vs. Rafael Nadal
  • Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Denis Shapovalov vs. Brandon Nakashima
  • Cristian Garin vs. Hugo Grenier
  • Maxime Cressy vs. Jack Sock
  • Benjamin Bonzi vs. Jenson Brooksby
  • Jordan Thompson vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: thursday
  • Liam Broady vs. Diego Schwartzman: thursday
  • Lorenzo Sonego vs. Hugo Gaston: thursday
  • Botic van de Zandschulp (21) beat Emil Ruusuvuori: 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
  • Richard Gasquet beat Mackenzie McDonald: 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Taylor Harry Fritz (11) beat Alastair Gray (WC): 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-3
  • Alex Molcan beat Marcos Giron: 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • John Isner (20) beat Andy Murray: 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4
  • Carlos Alcaraz (5) beat Tallon Griekspoor: 6-4, 7-6, 6-3
  • Tim van Rijthoven (WC) beat Reilly Opelka (15): 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4)
  • Tommy Paul (30) beat Adrian Mannarino: 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
  • Jiri Vesely beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (7)
  • Jannik Sinner (10) beat Mikael Ymer: 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili (22) beat Quentin Halys: 7-6 (7), 0-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
  • Cameron Norrie (9) beat Jaume Munar: 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
  • Alexander Bublik beat Dusan Lajovic: 7-6 (7), 6-2, 7-5
  • Oscar Otte (32) beat Christian Harrison (Q): 3-1 ret.
  • Novak Djokovic (1) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis: 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
  • Steve Johnson beat Ryan Peniston (WC): 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Frances Tiafoe (23) beat Maximilian Marterer (Q): 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
  • Ugo Humbert beat Casper Ruud (3): 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4
  • Miomir Kecmanovic (25) beat Alejandro Tabilo: 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3
  • David Goffin beat Sebastian Baez (31): 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
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