Murray Back In Action
2 July 2014, 06:15
Home favourite Andy Murray is back in action at Wimbledon today, taking on Grigor Dimitrov in the second match on Centre Court.
Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios is also competing in the last eight today after beating world number one Rafael Nadal in a match even his own mother thought he would lose.
The 19-year-old produced one of the greatest shocks in the tournament's history by defeating the Spaniard in four sets on Centre Court last night.
But he will have to do it all again when he takes on Milos Raonic in a quarter-final clash.
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe was so impressed by Kyrgios's performance that he believes he could emulate Boris Becker by winning the title in his teens.
Wild-card entrant Kyrgios arrived at Wimbledon ranked 144th in the world, and will leave having reached at least number 65.
He revealed that his mother Norlaila did not think he had the quality to beat Nadal.
"I was actually reading a comment that she thought Rafa was too good for me,'' he said.
"It actually made me a bit angry. You would think he's in a whole other level compared to me. I just believed in myself that I could create some opportunities. I took them under pressure today.''
He said he would send his mother a text message with a smiley face following his win.
Kyrgios also produced the shot of the tournament with a casual flick between his legs midway through the second set.
He seemed surprised with how the match went, posting a message on Twitter which simply read: "Erm, ok then...........''
Kyrgios wrote last week that he wanted 25,000 Twitter followers by the end of Wimbledon and he cracked the milestone mid-way through the match. He now has more than 40,000.
McEnroe, commentating at the tournament for the BBC, reckoned Kyrgios had the look of a champion about him as he demolished Nadal's title hopes.
"I could see it from the commentators' box, that he absolutely believed he was going to win this match, and he's acting to me like he can win this tournament,'' McEnroe said.
''The last guy I saw like this is ... Boris Becker, that young teenager, no fear whatsoever - 'no matter what comes my way I'm going to be better than them'.''
Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 at the age of 17.
When Murray takes on Dimitrov there will also be plenty of interest in the action off court.
Murray's long-term girlfriend Kim Sears usually grabs the attention in the players' box as she cuts a stern figure during the Scot's matches.
But she could be forced to share the spotlight with the glamorous Maria Sharapova if she decides to cheer on her boyfriend Dimitrov from the stands.
Sears has an elegant and demure sense of style, pairing a leopard-print dress with a black blazer at his previous match.
In stark contrast, Sharapova, who suffered a shock defeat by Angelique Kerber yesterday, has been pictured wearing revealing outfits as she carries out modelling work between tournaments.
The 27-year-old is the world's highest-paid female athlete and has secured lucrative deals with brands such as Nike, Evian, Samsung and Porsche.
She watched her boyfriend claim victory at Queen's Club last month and could be in the stands at the All England Club today after her bid for the women's singles title was ended.
The pair were rumoured to be dating in 2012 but their relationship was not confirmed until last year.
Murray and Dimitrov know each other well and, on the eve of Wimbledon, Murray's fitness trainer Jez Green took part in a charity 200-metre race against Dimitrov's coach Roger Rasheed.
Their friendship even led to Murray, 27, grabbing a blow dryer and brush to assist with Dimitrov's hair cut during a tournament in Rome in May.
The 23-year-old Bulgarian was clearly pleased with the job, declaring it was ''beautiful'', but the pair will both be in a serious frame of mind when their match begins this afternoon.