The Australian dismissed the Greek after a duel of more than three hours this Saturday, in the round of 16 marked by great tension. And the Greek didn’t like it and let it be known.
Nick Kyrgios made his genius speak again to eliminate the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday in the 3rd round of Wimbledon after an electric match won 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9 /7). The best of the fortnight so far. The shock kept its promises. It was announced and it did not fail. There was also electricity in the air. If during the first set, the Australian, true to himself, attacked a line judge, the tension rose a notch in the second set. Annoyed, Tsitsipas swung a ball into the stands. Kyrgios asked for the supervisor’s intervention from the referee and pressed for the Greek to be disqualified: ” It is the disqualification. You can’t throw a ball at the public and hit someone without being disqualified. Someone has to be hurt. It’s a shame.»
The 27-year-old Australian shook hands with his opponent late in the game and said he “loved Tsitsipas very much“. But at a press conference, the Greek was less tender: “It was a bit of a circus. Every point I played today felt like something was happening on the other side of the net. It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He brutalizes opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people who put other people down. He also has some good character traits. But he also has a very evil side, which if exposed can really do a lot of harm and harm to the people around him. It has to stop. It’s not good. Someone has to sit with him and talk to him.»
Annoyed by Kyrgios’ constant discussions with the referee, Tsistsipas lost his temper in the second set and swung a ball into the audience. He then purposely turned on his opponent several times. He then made his mea culpa at a press conference. But he does not regret anything. “There’s frustration behind that, that’s for sure. I’m not used to playing this way. But I can’t just sit there and act like a robot and act like someone who’s completely cold and ignorant. It’s happened three or four times…it really gets on your nerves.»
Despite his bad boy behavior, Kyrgios displayed exceptional tennis, in total relaxation. He therefore won quite logically and will face the American Brandon Nakashima for a place in the quarter-finals. Tsitsipas, a 2021 French Open finalist and three-time Australian Open semi-finalist, had so far only passed the first round on Wimbledon grass once, in 2018 when he reached the 8th finals.
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