A composite image of Alja Tomljanovic, Nick Kyrgios, Alex De Minaur and Jason Kubler at Wimbledon.

Aussies aim for 48-year-old Wimbledon first as Kyrgios, Tomljanovic, De Minaur and Kubler prepare for battle

Nick Kyrgios doesn’t take anything for granted but feels supremely powerful and says it’s too early to look ahead to an all-Australian Wimbledon quarter-final with Alex de Minaur.

That’s the tantalizing reality, however, as Kyrgios and de Minaur go into their respective fourth-round matches on Monday as hot favorites to advance to the last eight.

For the fourth time in the second week, Kyrgios – who was fined nearly $6,000 for an audible obscenity during his third round – gets his first center court date this year, playing US No. 56 Brandon Nakashima and confidently after ousting Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with another ominous serving display.

Kyrgios, a quarter-finalist in 2014, didn’t drop service once in Saturday’s frenetic affair, keeping his cool when it mattered most to save all five break points he was awarded.

Nick Kyrgios says he believes he can go all out at Wimbledon this year.AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth

Nakashima is enjoying a breakthrough in a grand slam run, but really Kyrgios would probably have to beat himself to not prevail, which the flammable Canberran is more than capable of, of course.

While Kyrgios is aware that De Minaur is lurking just a lap away, he is wary of his more direct American challenger.

“We both have a tough game ahead of us,” Kyrgios said ahead of his first meeting with 20-year-old Nakashima and his first appearance of the 2022 championships on center court.

“Nakashima won [his third-round match] easily in straight sets. To do that at Wimbledon on grass is not easy. He clearly plays well. I don’t overlook that.”

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Nick Kyrgios’ match with Stefanos Tsitsipas was tense and hostile.Getty Images/TPN: Frey

But when asked if he believed he could win the title, Kyrgios said tellingly: “Yes, I feel good.

“Lap by lap, if I keep doing my things I feel good. I’m fine.”

De Minaur also plays an unseeded opponent in world number 43 Cristian Garin and has yet to drop a set in three clashes with the Chilean, the most recent on grass in Eastbourne two weeks ago.

“Look, I try to take it day by day,” said Australia’s 19th seed.

“Hopefully I can play a good game again and just worry about my side of the field, do the right things. We’ll see what happens.”

A man celebrates winning a tennis match
Alex de Minaur has methodically advanced to the fourth round and isn’t done yet.Getty Images: Shaun Botterill

Australia braces for historic night at SW19

With spirited qualifier Jason Kubler also through and Ajla Tomljanovic still in women’s singles, Australia has four players in the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1999.

“It’s great,” said the Minaur.

“I’ve had a lot of dealings with ‘Kygs’ over the years, whether it’s the Davis Cup or the ATP Cup. He’s always been there. But to see Kubler do what he does is just special.”

Kubler continues his fairytale campaign against 11th American Taylor Fritz, while Tomljanovic takes on Alize Cornet, the Frenchwoman who sensationally defeated world number one Iga Swiatek in the third round.

With his cap backwards, an Australian men's tennis player roars in celebration after winning a big point at Wimbledon.
Jason Kubler wants to continue his red-hot run when he runs into Taylor Fritz.Getty Images: Julian Finney

Kubler will be chasing a 20th win out of 22 games, a gold streak that started for the French Open, while Tomljanovic’s only loss in her last eight Wimbledon appearances came against Ash Barty in last year’s quarter-finals.

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