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It took place not on the iconic Center Court, but in the 2022 Wimbledon third round match between Nos. 1 and 2. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios give fanshe is the most exciting watch tournament at the moment.
Known for his belligerence on the court, Kyrgios certainly showed it here, but overcame himself by beating Tsitsipas, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7).
Kyrgios’ frustrations culminated before the decisive third set, after he won the second set 6-4. Tsitsipas, frustrated by losing the set, sent the ball into the stands with the back of his hand, which is usually incur disciplinary action from the judge in the chair.
Kyrgios argued that Tsitsipas should have been found guilty of this act. Tower umpire Damien Dumusois didn’t think so, which forced Kyrgios to take part in a short protest.
“You can’t throw the ball into the crowd and hit someone and not lose,” Kyrgios shouted at Dumusois. “I would like to speak to the supervisor. I won’t play until I talk to the supervisor. Call more supervisors. I haven’t finished yet. Get them all out.”
Kyrgios didn’t finish with his theatrics, calling Dumusois a disgrace and soon after receiving a code violation for swearing.
“How much crap will pour into the tournament after this press conference,” Kyrgios said during the scandal.
Kyrgios was able to regain his composure in the third set, but not before Tsitsipas began showing glimpses of his fiery side on the court. Tsitsipas hit the Australian three times in about five minutes, angered by Kyrgios’ attitude.
There was a theatricality in the game on the court, especially in the fourth set, which was supposed to be decided in a tie-break. Kyrgios won both the set and the match, uttering a deafening roar in honor of victory.
After the match, Kyrgios said he had “the highest respect” for Tsitsipas.
“I felt like the favorite. I played a couple of weeks ago, but I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Kyrgios said. “He is a hell of a player and it was a hell of a match. I’m just really happy that I passed. He got frustrated at times – it’s a frustrating sport. You all think you can play, but it’s very frustrating.”
“I have a lot of respect for him. Whatever happens in the sport, I love him and I’m close to his brother, so…”
Kyrgios not only took one of the biggest wins of his career in singles, but also climbed Sweet 16 at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016. On Monday, Kyrgios will face unseeded American Brandon Nakashima.