GLYN KIRKAAP

It’s deja vu for Kyrgios and Gasquet

NICK Kyrgios has fond memories of his giant-killing run at Wimbledon last year - Richard Gasquet not so much.

The Frenchman was seeded 13 when he came up against the then Aussie world No.144 in the second round. And despite having nine match points, Gasquet was unable to convert any, losing 3-6 6-7 6-4 7-5 10-8.

The pair will clash again in the fourth round tonight, but plenty has changed in the intervening 12 months.

After making it as far as the quarter-finals last year, and reaching the same stage at the Australian Open, 20-year-old Kyrgios (pictured) is now seeded 26 and being tipped as a future grand slam champion.

Gasquet, on the other hand, has slipped down the world rankings to No.20.

The 29-year-old said he had not forgotten his match against Kyrgios last year, vowing to exact revenge.

He comes into the match having beaten Luke Saville, Kenny De Schepper and Grigor Dimitrov - all in straight sets. Kyrgios opened with wins against unseeded Argentineans Diego Schwartzman and Juan Monaco, before beating seventh seed Milos Raonic in four.

He is the last Aussie standing after Sam Groth lost to Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-2, and Casey Dellacqua was beaten 6-1 6-4 by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in round three.

Meanwhile, Tennis Australia has dumped Bernard Tomic from the Davis Cup squad for the quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin this month after his criticism of the organisation following his third-round loss to top seed Novak Djokovic.


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