SKY IS THE LIMIT: Nick Kyrgios says he can win the men's crown at Wimbledon.
SKY IS THE LIMIT: Nick Kyrgios says he can win the men's crown at Wimbledon. Mark J. Terrill

Kyrgios confident he can win Wimbledon

NICK Kyrgios shrugged off concerns over his fitness with a morale-boosting exhibition win, declaring he can win Wimbledon.

Encouraged by a 6-4 6-4 victory at The Boodles over German Philipp Kohlschreiber, Kyrgios said the "sky is the limit” at the All England Club.

"I honestly do think I can win it (Wimbledon). Might need a bit of luck, and everything to fall into place. But I do believe I can win,” he said.

Encouraged by the win over Kohlschreiber, Kyrgios said his left hip had improved.

"I took some time off after Queen's and just rehabbed it,” he said.

"I've had this hip injury for pretty much the last six or seven months, so it's been giving me grief. Hopefully it's settled down a little bit.

"I'm looking forward to playing Wimbledon.”

Kyrgios was upbeat about his prospects, despite his injury.

"Yeah, some would say I'm not in the best shape to go in this year and expect something,” he said.

"But if I'm serving well and playing the right style of tennis, I think the sky's the limit at Wimbledon.

"Anybody with a big game, pretty favourable (chance) on that surface.”

Kyrgios's win came as Bernard Tomic's Eastbourne campaign ended.

The Queenslander had a 6-3 6-3 win over sixth seed and world No.30 Mischa Zverev - his best result of 2017 and first success against top-50 opposition.

But returned to Devon Park later in the afternoon to lose a quarter-final 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 to Gael Monfils as tournament officials cleared a backlog of matches.



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