Federer backs Kyrgios as Wimbledon danger

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Roger Federer is urging Nick Kyrgios to keep his cool and back his grasscourt pedigree as he bids to become Australia’s first Wimbledon champion in 15 years.

Federer is unsure if Kyrgios is ready to go all the way after an injury-riddled and emotionally turbulent run through the claycourt season, but says the 22-year-old has already proven he’s capable of a breakout tournament if his body and mind hold up.

“Just play focused, play inspired and believe in himself,” Federer told AAP ahead of Friday’s all-important draw in London.

“Yeah, he’s one of top contenders to surprise anybody.

“He’s got a great game on grass. He’s going to be really tough to beat.”

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