‘I would pray not be playing Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon first round,’ says top analyst

There will be a lot of seeds at Wimbledon ‘praying’ not to draw Nick Kyrgios, believes Alex Corretja.

Kyrgios was close to earning a seed himself, and had he won his Halle semi-final against Hubert Hurkacz he would have.

However, he was beaten by the Pole in Germany, who went on to win the tournament, leaving him arguably the toughest of early-round banana-skins for the top players.

Kyrgios has never won an ATP title on grass although he has a big game that is well-suited to the surface, and he is playing some fine tennis this month.

On Wednesday, he withdrew from Mallorca to head to London to prepare, and former world number two Corretja says he will be the name that no one wants to get paired with in the draw tomorrow.

“If I would be in the Wimbledon draw and I would be seeded, I would pray not to play Nick Kyrgios in the first rounds,” Corretja told Eurosport.

“It’s so difficult to play against him, his serve is probably one of the best on tour right now.

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“He knows that he loves to play on grass, he likes to have fun, he likes to get the crowd involved. I think he’s playing with less pressure.

“I feel like he’s just playing to see what will happen, and he loves the conditions, he loves the surface. So I think if he’s got a place in the draw where the seeds are ones that he can dictate and that he’s the one dealing and dominating, he can be dangerous.

“In another moment, I feel like he was not probably ready, like when you see him in the Australian Open or US Open, because the matches are longer, but in Wimbledon they can be long, but he can make quick points.

“He can put pressure with the return as well, with the forehand, with the backhand flat. Well, I think Kyrgios is someone that you don’t want to really see next to you in the draw.”

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