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Nick Kyrgios & Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios & Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios & Stefanos Tsitsipas Nick Kyrgios came from behind to win a stormy encounter against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon on Saturday after calling for his opponent to be kicked out for hitting a ball into the crowd.

The mercurial Australian prevailed 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in an incident-packed third-round match, during which both players received warnings.

After sealing his victory in the quarterfinals, the 2014 quarterfinalist said he had fancied his chances coming into the match after his recent win against the fourth seed on the grass in Halle.

“It was a tough match,” he said. “I didn’t know how he would play, but I felt like my game was good enough to beat him.”

I’m so happy to be through. He is a great opponent and I have ultimate respect for him. Whatever happens on the court, I love him and I’m close with his brother.

It’s amazing, everywhere I go I seem to have full stadiums. The media loves to say I’m bad for the sport but clearly I’m not.

Nick Kyrgios saved five break points and did not lose his serve in the entire match, winning 81 percent of his first-serve points.

there was little hint of the drama to come.

Tsitsipas edged the first set in a tie-break, and his game was looking good.

Tsitsipas hit the ball into a crowd of fans after losing. That’s when everything went south—he received a warning for hitting a ball into the crowd, and then he lost his cool entirely.

He also said that he felt Tsitsipas should be kicked out of Wimbledon, recalling the incident at the US Open in 2020 when Novak Djokovic defaulted from the tournament after hitting a line judge with a ball.

In a tense moment, the Australian player called the umpire a “disgrace,” insisting on speaking with supervisors and saying he would not continue until the situation was resolved.

“You can’t hit a ball into the crowd and hit someone without getting thrown out of the game.”

At that point, Tsitsipas left the court but returned to cheers from the crowd on Court One.

Against a clearly rattled Tsitsipas, Kyrgios broke in the fourth game of the third set.

Later in the set, Tsitsipas received a point penalty for hitting the ball in frustration towards the back of the court after an underarm served by Kyrgios.

The ATP Finals champion appeared to aim shots in the direction of Kyrgios while the Australian continued to talk between points, and he bowed to the crowd after winning a point.

After winning the third set, Kyrgios put pressure on Tsitsipas at the beginning of the fourth set but neither player could break serve.

At 4-4, the play was suspended and the match went to a tie-break.

Tsitsipas had a chance to even the match at one set all but Kyrgios came out on top when his opponent netted after a drop shot.

The Australian will face off against the American, 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima, who is ranked 56th in the world.

Tsitsipas, who was frustrated by the crowd’s behavior during his match, said in his post-match press conference, “It felt like a bit of a circus. You get tired of the constant talking, the constant complaining.”

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