Worrying Nick Kyrgios moment after surreal Wimbledon scenes

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured) was struggling with a shoulder injury during his fourth round match at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) will be sweating on his shoulder injury after he advanced to Wimbledon's quarter-final. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios left many in the tennis world wondering how his shoulder will hold up in the quarter-final after looking in distress during his arduous fourth round Wimbledon victory.

Kyrgios battled through one of his toughest grand slam matches to defeat American rising star Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2.

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The World No.40 was evidently bothered in the second set when his shoulder injury hampered his movement.

The Aussie was able to navigate his way through the match with the help of his booming serve after he vocalised that he couldn't hit a forehand without pain.

Kyrgios received treatment from the second set onwards, but showed he wasn't ready to let this Wimbledon opportunity slip through his grasp after closing out the match in emphatic fashion.

The match was also played in stark contract to his first and third round encounters with the Centre Court crowd trying pick up the Aussie and cheer him to the finish line in surreal scenes.

However, the shoulder has certainly raised questions on whether Kyrgios will be able to bounce back in under 48 hours to face unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin in the quarter-final.

Kyrgios will be desperate to get back into condition with his best ever chance of reaching The Championships' semi-final against an opponent who also endured an arduous five-set battle.

Many fans praised Kyrgios for his fighting spirit during the match.

Others questioned whether he will be able to turn it around in time after appearing in lots of pain.

Kyrgios went on to admit that he dug deep during the match in order to advance to the quarter-final.

Nick Kyrgios dig deep during tough Wimbledon match

Commentator Todd Woodbridge was left baffled after he accused Kyrgios of tanking the fourth set, with fears of an all-too-familiar meltdown on the cards.

However, Kyrgios said he didn't want to give up during the match with a chance to reach the quarter-final on the line.

“He was playing really well. I wasn’t playing that great. But I was almost enjoying the competitiveness,” Kyrgios said.

“That’s probably the first time in my career where I wasn’t playing well, regardless of playing Centre Court Wimbledon, fully packed crowd, (and) I was able to just say, ‘Wow, look how far I’ve come’, to myself.

"I was bouncing the ball before I served. I really just smiled to myself. I was like, ‘We’re here, we’re competing at Wimbledon, putting in a good performance mentally’.”

Kyrgios went on to say he would enjoy a glass of wine after the match and rest up.

"I've been here before, done it before and that is what I was thinking about," Kyrgios told his fans afterwards.

"Nowhere near my best performance, but I fought through, and the crowd were amazing.

"I have played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half and I'm just proud with how I played (with the injury)."

Kyrgios has now made the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon on two separate occasions.

His last quarter-final appearance at a grand slam stretches back to the 2015 Australian Open.

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