Mats Wilander thinks Nick Kyrgios has never been more focused and that's one of the main reasons behind his Wimbledon success. On Monday, Kyrgios defeated Brandon Nakashima 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-2 to progress into the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
A round earlier, Kyrgios beat Stefanos Tsitsipas. Kyrgios has been a man on a mission so far and Wilander thinks it is "going to take a big player to beat him." "I think he's a different person right here in this tournament," Wilander told Eurosport.
"He said after the second round that his best chance of winning a Grand Slam is winning Wimbledon. He said he thinks he's a good player. I think that what came out against Stefanos Tsitsipas [a series of on-court spats] is him really, really wanting to win tennis matches.
And with that comes maybe a little bit more of him talking and of him being upset, and of his style of entertainment. But I think he's more focused than his time around than I've ever seen him, except maybe a couple of years at the Australian Open.
I think he's playing and serving great, and it's going to take a big player to beat him."
Wilander hopes Kyrgios and Tsitsipas squash their beef
Kyrgios and Tsitsipas had a conflict in the past but everything seemed to be alright after they teamed up for the Washington doubles in 2019.
After their Wimbledon match, Tsitsipas called Kyrgios a "bully." Kyrgios responded by calling Tsitsipas "soft." When Kyrgios and Tsitsipas play, entertainment is guaranteed. "I hope that they can bury the problems and be friends, but on the court they're going to be fighters," Wilander said.
"And if this is what we have to look forward to, most people are going to be glued to the TV - including me - but I just hope that it goes in a little bit more of a positive direction in terms of the spirit and behaviour on court."