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'I know for a fact no one wanted to play me first round at Wimbledon,' says Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios close up

Nick Kyrgios says he is feeling "pretty good" ahead of his first round clash at Wimbledon and says he knows he can still be a dangerous opponent despite a long break from the sport.

Kyrgios has only played two tournaments in the last 15 months since he chose to leave the Tour and stay in Australia throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

With limited court time, he says he knows he is the underdog at Wimbledon, but that doesn't stop him from being a player that people fear playing against.

The 26-year-old will face Ugo Humbert in his first round clash, a player he saved two match points against to win their five-set thriller at the Australian Open this year.

“I know for a fact that no one here wanted to play me first round and I feel completely confident going into this match," said Kyrgios.

"I’m not saying that I’m the favourite, but I know how to play on grass, I’ve won a lot of matches on grass. It’s going to be fun.

“I’m not putting too much expectations or pressure on myself, but generally I feel pretty good. I feel physically not bad.

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“I’m the underdog and I feel as if all I can do is just prepare and do as much as I can these next two, three days to get on the court and have fun. It’s Wimbledon.”

Kyrgios' opponent Humbert comes to Wimbledon full of confidence on grass having won Halle, beating Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev along the way and the Australian knows its going to be a big challenge.

“Ugo has been playing some incredible tennis, obviously coming off that title in Halle. He’s been playing exceptionally well and I’m not surprised at all, to be honest,” Kyrgios said.

“What I saw of him in Australia, I feel like I’ve played a lot of players and I’m pretty tactically switched on, and he’s got the game to do some pretty special things in this sport.

“I wasn’t surprised when he won that event in Halle and he’s a very good grass-court player. I know how he can be good on grass.

"He’s got a very good serve, very good backhand for a lefty, good volleys, so it’s going to be tough.”

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