Nick Kyrgios has claimed he can beat anyone at Wimbledon as the Aussie prepares to play the “villain-type role” in his first round against Paul Jubb. The world No.45 shot to fame by beating world No.1 Rafa Nadal here in 2014 on his way to the quarter-finals on his debut.
Kyrgios, now 27, has never got past the last eight at a Slam and arrives at the All England Club after skipping the French Open and the whole claycourt season. He pulled out in Mallorca last week with an abdominal strain but insisted: “I’ve played a lot of matches. Had some great results. Beaten some really good players. I’m just happy where my level’s at.
“I know where my game’s at. I know if I’m feeling confident, I’m playing well, I’m able to just light it up kind of whenever I want. Do I feel I can beat anybody in the draw on my day? Yeah. Good sleep, good rest. I think that’s one. Make sure your body’s in good nick.”
Kyrgios faces British wildcard and world No.228 Jubb on Tuesday. “I feel like I can put myself in his shoes very well,” said the Aussie. “I was once that kid that got a wild card at the Australian Open. It felt really good just to be around, soak it all in, the media, the fans, everything, the hype. I know how he’s going to be feeling. He’s going to go out there and he’s going to just play freely, nothing to lose.