ANDREW YATES

Bad weather wreaks havoc at Wimbledon

ENGLAND'S fickle weather has thrown this year's Wimbledon draw into chaos, with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka one of a group of players who will have to win five matches in seven days to lift the trophy.

Rain on several days last week resulted in numerous matches being carried over and, to complicate matters, almost six hours of play was lost on Saturday.

With the All-England Club electing not to schedule matches on the first Sunday of the tournament, the bottom half of the men's draw has been the most affected.

Saturday's rain meant Wawrinka's third-round match against Uzbek Denis Istomin, and world No.11 John Isner's clash with Queen's winner Feliciano Lopez, were unable to start.

Those matches were rescheduled to last night, with the winners potentially backing up tonight, tomorrow night, Friday and Sunday.

Also featuring tonight will be Aussie young gun Nick Kyrgios who is quoted at long odds to continue his giant-killing run against world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

At just 19, Kyrgios is aiming to become the first teenager to beat the world No.1 at a Grand Slam event since Nadal upset Roger Federer at the 2005 French Open at the same age.

The Aussie started the tournament as the highest-ranked teenager in the world at 144, and will jump into the top 100 regardless of the result of tonight's fourth-round clash with the Spaniard.



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