John Newcombe backs Kyrgios to find motivation for potential Nadal clash

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John Newcombe backs Kyrgios to find motivation for potential Nadal clash

Ranked 43rd, Nick Kyrgios is one of the ultimate dark horses at this year's Wimbledon, if we presume he would bring his best tennis against the compatriot Jordan Thompson in the opening round on Tuesday. The troubled Aussie has played just 20 matches so far in 2019, winning the title in Acapulco in great style but not doing much in the other events, suffering nine losses and getting himself in trouble both on and off the court.

Exchanging some harsh words with Rafael Nadal after their Acapulco clash, Nick blasted Novak Djokovic recently as well, with the entire tennis world expecting his encounter against someone from the very top in early Wimbledon rounds.

They will get precisely that if Kyrgios tops Thompson, setting the second-round blockbuster with Rafael Nadal in what should be another thrilling contest between two completely different personalities. Nick stunned Rafa here at Wimbledon five years ago as a teenager but will have to get himself together against Jordan Thompson first just to set Nadal match, suffering an early loss in almost every tournament outside Acapulco and not playing well in Stuttgart and Queen's either.

On the other hand, Thompson is in great form and this should be one of the best matches of the day when they step on the court on Tuesday. The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and the Australian legend John Newcombe thinks Nick should be motivated to play against Rafa but also reminding he has to pass Jordan first, not playing or acting as he should at the moment.

“Nick currently stands about where his ranking is. You wouldn’t know what was going to happen, so it’s anybody’s guess. I would imagine that he would see that draw and would bust his guts to beat Jordan because he fancies himself against Rafa, especially on grass.

He seems to play his best tennis when he’s got nothing to lose and it could be an interesting match. Nick got his ranking to 13 a couple of years ago and now he’s 43, that sort of speaks for itself. He’s 24 and should be reaching his peak,” Newcombe said.