Who is Nick Kyrgios, this teenager who managed to topple the world's best?
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Kyrgios: The Wimbledon hero with a taste for R&B

SUDDENLY everyone wants to climb on the Nick Kyrgios bandwagon.

After being forced to endure the flawed talent of former wunderkind Bernard Tomic, long-suffering Aussie tennis fans now have genuine reason for optimism.

And after beating world No.1 Rafael Nadal in four sets to earn a match-up against Canada's Milos Raonic in last night's quarter-finals at Wimbledon, it seems Australians everywhere have hitched their wagon to the Kyrgios rising star.

So who is this 19-year-old from Canberra?

Well, he's the son of a Greek father and Malaysian mother, and started playing tennis at age six.

He was a chubby kid who loved his food. He also loved basketball - he is a huge Boston Celtics fan - and represented the ACT and Australia in his early teens before deciding to focus on tennis when he was 14.

A year later he won his first ITF junior title in Fiji, and not long after that was given a full tennis scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

A laid back character off the court, Kyrgios loves listening to rapper Lil Wayne, R&B artist Rihanna, and watches offbeat comedy shows like Family Guy. He also loves bling and crazy haircuts.

But once he takes centre stage he is all business.

He announced his arrival as an 18-year-old at last year's French Open, knocking out Czech veteran Radek Stepanek (then ranked 52), in the first round.

Earlier this year he beat Benjamin Becker in the first round of the Australian Open, but has really made the world sit up and take notice at Wimbledon where he was given a wildcard.

In beating Nadal 7-6 6-7 7-5 6-3, Kyrgios became the first teenager since 1992 to beat a reigning world No.1. He also became the first player younger than 24 to beat the Spaniard in his career.

The Aussie came into the tournament ranked 144, but was guaranteed to jump to 66 if he lost to Raonic - higher if he won. The next highest-ranked teenager is Croatian 17-year-old Borna Coric at No.243.

But what has really captured his country's attention is Kyrgios' never-say-die attitude, something Tomic has struggled to emulate in his career.

That was never more evident in his second-round match against Frenchman and 13th seed Richard Gasquet when Kyrgios saved nine match points, a Wimbledon record.

Finally we may have found someone to take the torch from Lleyton Hewitt.



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