Confident Kyrgios targets Wimbledon title

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The 20-year-old Aussie booked his place in the fourth round on Friday with a four-set victory over Milos Raonic, the man who knocked him out at the quarter-final stage last season.

Talented, flamboyant and confident, the grand slam events seemingly brings out the best of Kyrgios, who takes on Richard Gasquet in the round of 16.

Gasquet is another player Kyrgios faced at his breakout event in SW19 last year, beating the Frenchman in the second round in a match in which the veteran from Béziers had nine match points.

"I don't know. Maybe I turn it on a little bit," Kyrgios said of his performances at grand slams.

"I feel as if this is why we play the game. This is why I play, the big, big stages. When there's a chance to do well at grand slams, all that. I really don't know. I think I just turn it on for grand slams.

"I think if I play the right style of tennis, obviously if I'm serving well, feeling good out there, I think I can go close. I have a tough task ahead.  Gasquet is playing some really good tennis … serving is key. He's going to make a lot more returns. He's going to obviously play solid from the ground. He's a magician from back there. I'm going to have to play the same type of tennis. I'm not going to change anything.

"I just know hanging in is key, obviously coming down from two sets to love last year. He's played plenty of Wimbledons. He's good on grass.  He's made semi-finals here, I think. He knows what he has to do out there as well. I'm going to play my game. Whatever happens, happens. That's what I did last year as well."

While Kyrgios thrives on entertaining the crowd, he also enjoys watching tennis of a similar style.

"I like to watch entertaining tennis," Kyrgios said.

"As you say, Dustin Brown, Gaël Monfils, those guys have a lot of fun out there.  At the same time, a guy like Federer, I love watching guys like that as well. They're unbelievable tennis players.

"I'm the biggest believer in [not] saying nothing out there or being a robot. I feel you should express yourself. You know, it's a sport.

"I'm focusing, but at the same time I'm having fun.

"When I find that balance, I play some really good tennis. I thought I was doing that today in the second, third and fourth. I was chanting to the crowd every now and then, playing with the ballboys. That's a good place to be out there."

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