Andy Murray faces his toughest task of this year’s Wimbledon on Monday when he takes of Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios.
Murray battled past John Millman to set up the clash against the controversial youngster who has become a sensation for both his showboating and his discipline.
The pair are close friends off the court but there will no no love lost when they face each other – as Murray looks to continue his remarkable 18-0 winning run against Aussie opponents.
But when does the match take place? Does Kyrgios post a serious threat?
Here is all you need to know ahead of the match…
1. When is the match?
The match takes place on Monday June 4 and will have a tea-time start, given that it is the third match on court.
However, the exact start time could vary depending on the length of the matches before Murray is due on.
2. Where does the match take place?
As with most Andy Murray matches at Wimbledon, this match will take place on Centre Court.
3. Sounds like a tough draw for Murray…
Yes, Murray has been fortunate with his draw so far but Kyrgios was always the main danger lurking in his section.
The Australian possesses a huge amount of raw talent and the kind of power game that can blow opponents away.
He also loves the big courts and famously beat Rafael Nadal here two years ago.
4. How much progress has he made since then?
Quite a lot. Consistency has never been the 21-year-old’s strong point but this season he has won a lot of matches and lifted his first ATP Tour trophy in Marseille.
His ranking is up to 18 and he is the youngest player in the top 25. He has already beaten five top-10 players in 2016.
5. Has he learned to behave on court yet?
Not really. Kyrgios has made some progress but is still a magnet for negative headlines, some justified and some not.
The lowest moment was his sledge towards Stan Wawrinka last summer that earned him a suspended ban.
The Australian has already picked up 6,500 US dollars worth of fines at Wimbledon this year.
6. What is Kyrgios’ record against Murray?
Officially, Kyrgios has lost all four of their previous meetings, although the Australian did win at the exhibition Hopman Cup in January.
This will complete their set of grand slam matches, with Murray beating Kyrgios at the Australian, French and US Opens last year, dropping just one set.
7. Who will the winner face?
Murray or Kyrgios will go on to face off against either Richard Gasquet (7th seed) or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12th seed) in the quarter-finals.
8. What have they said?
Murray defends “fun guy” Kyrgios: “Nick is good fun, he is nice. He chats to everyone. I have never really seen him in a bad mood off the court.
“Obviously on it, like myself many times and loads of players, he has done stuff that is wrong. Sometimes he does get a bit of a hard time and he goes on the defensive a little bit when maybe he doesn’t need to but I can understand that as well.”
Kyrgios, who beat Feliciano Lopez to reach the fourth round round yesterday, said he appreciated the Scot’s support. “He backs me up a lot,” said the 21-year-old. “I see him at times more than I see my family, so it’s good to have a friend like him. We joke a lot.”
– Who else plays on Monday?
Centre Court, 1pm start
- (3) Roger Federer (Swi) v Steve Johnson (USA)
- (1) Serena Williams (USA) v (13) Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
- (15) Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (2) Andy Murray (Gbr)
Court 1, 1pm start
- (5) Simona Halep (Rom) v (9) Madison Keys (USA)
- (8) Venus Williams (USA) v (12) Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa)
- (7) Richard Gasquet (Fra) v (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)
Court 2, 11.30am start
- Misaki Doi (Jpn) v (4) Angelique Kerber (Ger)
- (9) Marin Cilic (Cro) v (5) Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
- (11) David Goffin (Bel) v (6) Milos Raonic (Can)