Unseeded Nick Kyrgios showed once again why he is more than capable of winning Grand Slams, coming up with a stunning display of tennis to knock out 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s singles 3rd round match on Saturday, July 2. In a wild match that saw tempers flare up across both sides of the net, Kyrgios came back from behind to beat Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in 3 hours and 17 minutes.
Mercurial Nick Kyrgios was at his provocative best as he successfully got under the skin of Stefanos Tsitsipas who lost his rhythm after winning the opening set. Kyrgios, who wanted Tsitsipas defaulted for hitting a ball into the crowd in frustration, was at his best in the second and third sets as he outclassed the 4th seed.
However, both men focussed on the job in the 4th set, giving the Court One crowd plenty to cheer for. The fans were on the edge of their seats for the most part of the 4th set as Kyrgios and Tsitsipas went toe-to-toe, hitting some stunning winners and firing those aces at will.
However, Kyrgios seemed to be the more pumped up of the two when the set went into the tie-breaker. The Australian star held his nerves and saved a set point to clinch the match and a place in the 4th round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2016.
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Kyrgios missed several break point opportunities in the 4th set but he also saved a few, using his powerful first serves to wriggle out of trouble. Despite converting only 2 break points out of 14, Kyrgios was able to close out the match in 4 sets.
Kyrgios will face Brandon Nakashima, World No. 57, of the United States for a spot in the quarterfinals.
NADAL INTO 2ND WEEK
Earlier in the day, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reached the 4th round at Wimbledon for the 10th time in his career. The Spaniard defeated 27th-seed Italian Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to continue his winning run in Grand Slams this year.
Nadal was dominant for the most part of the match as he never allowed Sonego to settle into any kind of rhythm, beating the Italian 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 despite being broken once in the third set.
Nadal has now won 17 matches on the trot in Grand Slams this year as he kept his Calendar Slam dreams alive after having won the Australian Open and the French Open.
The 36-year-old Nadal next plays 21st-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands for a spot in the quarterfinals.