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It didn’t take place on the iconic Center Court, but the Third Round match at Wimbledon 2022 between No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios gave fans the most exciting spectacle of the tournament yet.
Known for his combativeness on the court, Kyrgios certainly showed it here, but he outclassed himself to defeat Tsitsipas, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7).
The climax of Kyrgios’ frustrations came before the pivotal third set, after he won the second set, 6-4. Tsitsipas, frustrated after losing the set, hit a backhand ball into the stands, which would normally result in disciplinary action by the chair umpire.
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Kyrgios argued that Tsitsipas should have been breached for the action. Chair umpire Damien Dumusois didn’t see it that way, prompting Kyrgios to engage in a brief protest.
“You can’t hit a ball into a crowd and hit someone and not get disqualified,” Kyrgios yelled at Dumusois. “I’d like to talk to a supervisor. I’m not playing until I talk to a supervisor. Bring in more supervisors. I’m not done. Bring them all in.”
Kyrgios wasn’t done with his theatrics, calling Dumusois a disgrace and soon after receiving a code violation for swearing.
“The amount of shit the tournament is going to have after this press conference,” Kyrgios said during the outburst.
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Kyrgios was able to regain his composure during the third set, but not before Tsitsipas began to show flashes of his fiery side on the court. Tsitsipas hit the Australian three times in about five minutes, angered by Kyrgios’ attitude.
Theatricality existed in the game on the court, especially in the fourth set, which had to be decided by a tie break. Kyrgios would pick up both the set and the match victory, letting out a thunderous roar of celebration.
After the match, Kyrgios said he had the “utmost respect” for Tsitsipas.
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“I felt like the favorite going in. I played a couple of weeks ago, but I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Kyrgios said. “He’s a great player and it was a great match. I’m very happy it’s over. Sometimes he got frustrated, it’s a frustrating sport. Everyone thinks they can play, but it’s very frustrating.
“I have the utmost respect for him. No matter what happens in the sport, I love him and I’m close to his brother, so…”
Not only did Kyrgios notch one of the biggest wins of his singles career, but he also advances to the Sweet 16 at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016. Next up for Kyrgios is a matchup against unseeded American Brandon Nakashima on Monday.