Kyrgios saves nine match points rallying past Gasquet

by: Kamakshi Tandon June 26, 2014

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Nick Krygios has described his five-set win over Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon as ''massive'' and a ''stepping stone'' for bigger things. The 19-year-old Australian rallied from two sets down and saved nine match points in a 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 comeback.

''It was an unbelievable match out there,'' said Kyrgios, who reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. ''My first-ever two sets love down, coming back and winning. It's an amazing feeling.''

The 144th-ranked teenager, who says his goal is to be No. 1, saw the victory as a step forward. ''It's my biggest career win, I think,'' he said. ''So I'm going to take a lot of confidence out of [it] moving forward.''

Gasquet said his opponent was a potential ''top five player and winner of a Grand Slam.''

Krygios next plays another up-and-comer, Jiri Vesely, who also won a five-set match with a Frenchman, going through 7-6 (3) 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-7 (7), 6-4 against No. 24 seed Gael Monfils.
 

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