Nick Kyrgios brings down Stefanos Tsitsipas! At the end of an electric game, on court number one, this Saturday evening, the 40th player in the world, qualified for the knockout stages of Wimbledon, after his victory in four sets (6-7 (2), 6 -4, 6-3, 7-6 (7)) and 3h11 of play, against the Greek, 5th player in the world and seeded n°4. In the next round, the Australian will face the American Brandon Nakashima, 56th player in the world.
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A match during which a lot happened, on the London lawn, whether in the game or around it. The tension was palpable between the two men, who almost lost their nerves permanently. Moreover, the warnings were out for the French referee of this meeting, Damien Dumusois. Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his opponent ask for his disqualification, when he sent a ball into the stands after the loss of the second set. This “simple” warning, finally received, added to a second received in the third set earned the Greek a penalty point before starting the sixth game, while Nick Kyrgios led 4-1.
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Kyrgios has never been broken
During the first part of this meeting, the Australian had already not stopped acting up, even asking for the arrival of the supervisor. A loss of control, which certainly cost him the first round, in a completely failed tie-break (7-6 (2)). A first set where the 40th in the world, author of 61 winning points against 57, had however already been extremely solid in the service, losing only seven points on this one, including three in this decisive game. Nick Kyrgios, who won 81% of his points on first serve, even had to wait 4-4 in the second set, before having to save a first break point.
In all, the Australian, particularly impressive and powerful from the baseline, saved the five obtained by his opponent. An opponent who himself blew hot and cold on his own serve. Of the fourteen break points obtained by Kyrgios, Tsitsipas saved twelve. In the second set, the Greek, who committed 36 unforced errors against 31, let go of one of them, at the worst of times, which then allowed Kyrgios to equalize at one set everywhere (6 -4). The second was converted by the latter, on a huge forehand, in the third set, to lead 3-1. An advantage that the Australian then did not let go to also pocket this third round (6-3).
Stefanos Tsitsipas against Nick Kyrgios, Saturday July 2, 2022 at Wimbledon.
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When starting the fourth and final set, Nick Kyrgios certainly believed that his game was going to end prematurely, after falling and remaining on the ground for a few seconds. But that did not prevent him from continuing the game, without even calling on the physiotherapist, to win (7-6 (7)). At the end of the meeting, the handshake was very brief between the two men. Nick Kyrgios is definitely not a suitable opponent for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost against him for the fourth time, in five clashes. For his part, the Australian will try to get his first quarter at Wimbledon since 2014.
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