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Sport in brief: July 4, 2022

MEN’S TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios battled past Brandon Nakashima and into the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in seven years yesterday, but struggled with a shoulder problem that could jeopardise his chances of going further.

Kyrgios recovered from a set down and then clinched the decider against 20-year-old American Nakashima, winning 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Chile’s Cristian Garin.

FORMULA ONE: Zhou Guanyu is set to return to his Alfa Romeo cockpit at next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix – just five days after he was involved in one of the most spectacular crashes in recent memory.

The 23-year-old Chinese rookie revealed he is “keener than ever” to get back behind the wheel of his Formula One machine after he emerged unscathed from a horrendous opening-corner accident at Silverstone.

MEN’S CYLING: The cobbles of stage five loom large on the agenda after the Tour de France returned home from a spectacular Grand Depart in Denmark.

Riders enjoyed an unusually early rest day yesterday with riders flying into Lille following Sunday’s stage to Sonderborg.

Though a hilly race between Dunkerque and Calais is next up today, it is tomorrow’s stage between Lille and Arenberg where riders will face the brutal cobbles which make the “Hell of the North” one of the most feared races on the calendar.

MEN’S TENNIS: Wimbledon’s chief executive has defended the schedule after Novak Djokovic was critical about matches finishing late on the show courts.

The defending champion’s fourth-round match against Tim van Rijthoven on Sunday did not start until 8pm after the day’s start of play was pushed back due to Centre Court’s centenary celebrations at 1.30pm.

The top seed wrapped up a four-set victory over the Dutch wild card with just 21 minutes to spare before Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew.

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