John McEnroe believes Nick Kyrgios can emulate Boris Becker by winning Wimbledon as a teenager.
Australian 19-year-old Kyrgios yesterday produced one of the greatest shocks in the tournament’s history by beating world No 1 Rafael Nadal to set up a quarter-final against Milos Raonic.
Coming to Wimbledon as the world No 144, and on a wild-card entry to the main draw, Kyrgios has surpassed all expectations by reaching the last eight.
Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe, commentating at the tournament for the BBC, reckons Kyrgios had the look of a champion about him as he demolished Nadal’s title hopes.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a while,” McEnroe said.
“We keep saying, ‘Who’s the next guy?’, and I think we found that guy right now.
“I’ve been hearing about this guy for years. I’d only seen him play a little bit.
“But that was absolutely stunning, to see what he did to the world number one. How did he keep that up?”