‘I had my own tactics there’ – Kyrgios overcomes frustrated Tsitsipas in controversial third-round clash

Nick Kyrgios has admitted to having his “own tactic” after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a dramatic and moody affair to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios produced an outstanding display to rally after losing the first set on Court No. 1, eventually winning 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in a match filled with incidents.

The enigmatic star set the tone with an incredible outburst after a frustrated Tsitsipas kicked a ball into the crowd late in the second set, narrowly missing a spectator.

The Australian immediately called for his opponent to default, recalling Novak Djokovic’s controversial exit from the 2020 US Open after accidentally hitting a linesman in frustration after losing a match.

Kyrgios could be heard calling the referee a ‘disgrace’ and then, after Tsitsipas was released with a warning, the unranked talent asked, ‘Are you stupid?’

He then hit the referee, shouting: “What are you talking about? Novak hit someone, it’s the same, it happened right there.

“Bring in more supervisors, I’m not done. You can get them all out, I don’t care. I won’t play until we fix the problem.

“What happened to Novak when he hit a girl with the ball? She got hurt. You can’t hit a ball in the crowd and hit someone without getting sent back.”

But the drama was far from over as Tsitsipas flew into a rage early in the third, after being hit with a points deduction for savagely firing another ball towards the crowd – but hitting the scoreboard at instead – after Kyrgios produced a playful underarm serve. when we cling to love.

The fourth seed’s frustration was evident when he then appeared to land a few shots directly at Kyrgios to boos from the spectators, who vehemently cheered every point for the Aussie.

But after producing exceptional tennis to end Tsitsipas’ infuriated hopes of winning a maiden Grand Slam title, Kyrgios said he had no problem with the Greek, with whom he played doubles at Wimbledon in 2019 .

“Honestly it was a hell of an atmosphere, an amazing game, I honestly felt like the favorite coming in; I played him a few weeks ago but I knew it was going to be a tough game,” he said. -he declares.

“He’s a hell of a player, I had my own tactics – he knows how to play me, he beat me once, and obviously I was successful, so it was a hell of a game.

“I’m just super happy to have finished, he was frustrated at times and it’s a frustrating sport for sure. I know you all think you can play, but it’s very frustrating no matter what. comes on the pitch, I love him.”

Kyrgios now holds a 4-1 lead over Tsitsipas, having also gotten the better of the world number five on grass at the Halle Open earlier this month.

The 27-year-old also courted controversy on his fourth-round run when he spat in the direction of a ‘disrespectful’ fan during his first-round win over Paul Jubb.

But Kyrgios claimed his antics served to spark interest in the sport, adding: “It’s amazing, everywhere I go I feel like I have stadiums full.

“The media loves to write that I’m bad for the sport, but clearly not.”

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