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2017 Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios poised for tough draw after being seeded 20th

International Business Times (AU) logoInternational Business Times (AU) 29-06-2017 Sai Mohan
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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will enter the 2017 Wimbledon as the 20th seed. A year ago, the Canberran was seeded 15th and lost to eventual winner Andy Murray in the fourth round.

The 22-year-old has had a good run at the grass-courts of the All-England Tennis Club in recent years. In 2014, he shocked the tennis world by upsetting Rafael Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of The Championships. A year later, he pushed French veteran Richard Gasquet to four sets in a hard-fought match in the Round of 16. While very few expect the Aussie to challenge the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, and Milos Raonic, Kyrgios is the last player to be taken lightly, especially at the biggest stage.

According to The Herlad Sun, Kyrgios would have to re-write the history books to have a shot at winning the 2017 Wimbledon. "While Boris Becker (1985) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001) engineered miracle triumphs as unseeded players, no man has ever lifted the most prestigious title in tennis seeded 20th.

"In the 90 years since the All England Club introduced seedings, only David Nalbandian (28) has made the final -- in 2002, when he was hammered by Lleyton Hewitt -- with a lower seeding than Kyrgios," Leo Schlink wrote in a report published Wednesday.

2017 Wimbledon: Can Nick Kyrgios mend his ways?

The temperamental Aussie suffered a second round loss to Kevin Anderson at Roland Garros after a familiar meltdown. After going up a set and leading 4-2 in the second, Kyrgios committed a series of double-faults and suffered with consistency in his service game before smashing a bunch of racquets and then asking the chair umpire for a beer. It was utter chaos, but Grosjean wasn't ready to give up on Kyrgios.

Howver, he has a head coach for the first time in his career -- former World No. 4 Sebastien Grosjean. Grosjean took up the task starting at the 2017 French Open and believes he can steer the Aussie in the right direction. “(He needs) to be a little bit more structured, mentally to be a little more tough, work on his fitness. Because if he’s stronger physically he’ll be tougher mentally, but that’s a process because he was alone for a long time it will take time. But it’s a good challenge and he’s a good kid to be around," Grosjean told Sport360.

Nick Kyrgios, Australia's No. 1 player, has been dealing with several injuries (shoulder and hip) ever since he pushed Roger Federer to a classic five-setter at the Miami Open semi-final in the first week of April. However, he's nearing full fitness once again and enters Wimbledon with a decent chance to enter the second week. 

2017 Wimbledon seedings -- Men's Singles

1 Andy Murray (GB), 2 Novak Djokoic (Ser), 3 Roger Federer (Swi), 4 Rafael Nadal (Spa), 5 Stan Wawrinka (Swi), 6 Milos Raonic (Can), 7 Marin Cilic (Cro), 8 Dominic Thiem (Aut), 9 Kei Nishikori (Jpn), 10 Alexander Zverev (Ger), 11 Tomas Berdych (Cze), 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra), 13 Grigor Dimitrov (Bul), 14 Lucas Pouille (Fra), 15 Gael Monfils (FRA), 16 Gilles Muller (Lux), 20 Nick Kyrgios (Aus)

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