Nick Kyrgios has always been considered one of the most talented grass-court players of today’s game, but he’s never quite put it all together to go deeper than the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Will the Aussie finally do it this time around?
On paper, Kyrgios has an advantageous matchup against Cristian Garin. In some respect, he couldn’t have scripted a better matchup in the final eight. The Chilean is known predominantly as a clay-courter, though his all-round game has improved in recent years.
As per the bookmakers, Kyrgios is the indisputable favorite to win and advance. BetUS sportsbook prices Kyrgios as the -400 favorite. Garin, quite predictably, is the massive underdog with odds priced at +320.
Read on as we preview this quarterfinal matchup between Kyrgios and Garin, set to get underway on Wednesday.
2022 Wimbledon Outrights
Kyrgios Wins Five-Set Marathon
For the second time in his career, Kyrgios reaches the Wimbledon quarterfinals. It’s also his third overall Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.
Although Kyrgios entered the tournament as one of the oddsmakers’ top five favorites, he was never a sure bet to get this far. He’s an emotional player that blows hot and cold from time to time. That kind of unpredictability is hard to back with confidence in your tennis betting.
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) July 4, 2022
At times, Kyrgios struggles to keep his emotions in check. Things threatened to bubble over in his heated Round of 32 match with Stefanos Tsitsipas on several occasions, for example. However, Kyrgios managed to keep things under control on the court and went on to defeat Tsitsipas in four sets.
In the next round, American Brandon Nakashima took Kyrgios to five sets. It was one of the most absorbing R16 contests featuring two players that are polar opposites in-game and demeanor.
Kyrgios came through for his backers to win and book his place in the quarterfinals. The amount of time he spent on court in the last two matches, though, could be a factor.
Just 180 seconds of Nick Kyrgios being aggy in press conferences 🎤 pic.twitter.com/4u9hnb5P54
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) July 4, 2022
Garin Reaches Maiden Quarters
Few would have predicted Garin would enjoy such a Cinderella run at the All-England Club. Garin was supposed to start his tournament in the first round against Matteo Berrettini before the Italian was forced to withdraw with Covid-19.
Had Garin played Berrettini, it’s hard to imagine he would have advanced past the opening round. The Italian won two grass-court titles (Stuttgart and Queen’s Club) in the lead-up to Wimbledon, and he was the second-best bet after Djokovic to win the title.
One man’s loss is another man’s gain, so the saying goes. Garin capitalized on the opportunity and now he’s within a win of making the Grand Slam semifinals of Wimbledon. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Garin advanced into the final eight with a five-set win over Australian Alex De Minaur. The Chilean came from two sets down and even fought off match points to pull off the unthinkable win.
The first man to recover from two sets down at this year’s Championships
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2022
Kyrgios vs Garin Head-to-Head
This is the first-ever meeting between Kyrgios and Garin.
Kyrgios vs Garin Betting Verdict
Kyrgios is understandably the favorite to win. If Kyrgios is in top form, free of any distractions, and, importantly, feeling fit and serene, he’s likely to win.
Short of a crystal ball, though, it’s impossible to know which Kyrgios will step onto the court on Wednesday. The supremely talented tennis player or the so-called “bad boy of tennis” can be petulant and disruptive.
For Garin’s part, one has to consider he will give Kyrgios a run for his money. Garin is a dark-horse threat that can’t be dismissed out of hand. Heck. he’s got nothing to lose but house money.
The ideal scenario would be for both players to bring their A-game to the court and deliver a superb contest that is befitting the big stage at the All England Club. Somehow, though, feels too good to be true. Wherever Kyrgios goes, the drama unfolds. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if it follows him to court one more time.