TheA heated duel between Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5/N.4) and Nick Kyrgios (ATP 40) turned out in the third round of Wimbledon in favor of the eccentric and talented Australian. Led by a group, Kyrgios won 6-7 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) after 3h16 of play on Saturday.
The match will be rare in exchanges, whether with balls or words. Kyrgios, whose father was Greek, privately requested that his opponent be disqualified for throwing a ball into the crowd after losing the second set. The Australian requested the supervisor’s intervention, but his request was not heard.
In the aftermath, Tsitsipas in particular sent a return serve with a spoonful of Kyrgios into the stands, earned a penalty point, and then targeted the Australian with a header and a forehand into the net, all under the N.1 Short whistles.
Kyrgios, who reached the quarter-finals in 2014 for the first time at the All England Club, will face Brandon Nakashima (ATP 56) in the round of 16. The 20-year-old American, who has never reached this stage of a Grand Slam competition, beat Colombian Daniel Galan (ATP 109) in three sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-1).
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