Two matches on this morning’s schedule caught the eye as the expected winners would move on to face each other in the next round and provide a blockbuster of a match, which proved to be the case later in the afternoon!
I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios versus Stefanos Tsitsipas is that third round clash which hopefully will be programmed for a show court to give both players a chance to show off their great talents.
Kyrgios, the bad boy of tennis with a penchant for getting embroiled with the umpire, line officials and spectators, as he did in his opening five-set victory, produced a much better and controlled game in the second when he comfortably defeated Filip Krajinovic, the Queen’s finalist, 6-2 6-3 6-1.
He in fact swept through the match in 85-minutes to declare: “I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good.”
No one had ever questioned his ability, only his commitment to a sport he says he loves which is sometimes hard to believe when he is continually being fined for various offences which some say is bad for the image of the sport while others believe it is entertaining. What can’t be denied is he brings in the punters!
And they were packed into No.2 Court where Kyrgios weaved his magic firing 24 aces and a total of 50 winners past a stunned Serbian to make the last 32 at Wimbledon for a fourth time. He dominated Krajinovic with his serve conceding just nine points and never faced a breakpoint in the match.
“I was nowhere near my best in the first round but today I was in my zone,” Kyrgios explained.
“Wimbledon is my best chance of winning a Grand Slam. I have had it circled in my calendar all year. I still have a tough draw, but I couldn’t have played any better today.”
And now he can look forward to facing Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fourth seed from Greece, who had a relative comfortable passage past another Australian, –Jordan Thompson, 6-2 6-3 7-5 — and a player Kyrgios had beaten in Halle a few weeks back.
Like Kyrgios, Tsitsipas was in control of his match from the opening moments and retained his focus while Thompson blew up at the umpire when break point down at 3-3 in the first.
A line judge called Tsitsipas’ shot out which the umpire overruled before Thompson made his return. It meant the point had to be replayed, allowing the fourth seed another shot at a crucial break.
“That call came way before I took the shot,” Thompson raged. “Don’t shake your head because we’re going to watch it later and you’re going to admit that you’re wrong. That is a joke, an absolute joke.
“I didn’t play my shot because I wasn’t even trying, the call came so early. The call came a good two seconds before I made the shot. After the match we’re going to go and watch it and you’re going to apologise.”
Tsitsipas went on to convert the break point after a long rally and Thompson blasted the umpire some more when he returned to his court-side seat. But first, he asked a Wimbledon official who stood court-side: “Did you see it? Is he wrong? 100 per cent. It’s a joke.”
He then turned to the umpire and ranted: “You don’t need to make the call just because you’ve hit the panic button. It’s a joke. What are you laughing at? You are going to apologise! Straight after!”
Tsitsipas claimed the first set and continued to take advantage of Thompson losing his cool to pocket the second as well.
In the third, once Thompson had cooled down, the Aussie pushed him but couldn’t swing the match around conceding it after two-hours and 5-minutes.
For Tsitsipas, who arrived in SW19 after becoming the Mallorcan champion for his first title on grass, reaching the third round is his best run at Wimbledon since making a fourth-round appearance in 2018. In his three other appearances he hadn’t gone past the first round so he is finally gaining confidence on the surface.
But he knows he is going to be well tested in the next round and may even have to try and remain focused should Kyrgios get into one of his strops!
“I feel like there isn’t a single person here that doesn’t know Nick. He is, in a way, Wimbledon,” Tsitsipas said.
“We have played each other and had great matches against one another in many tour level competitions.
“I have respect for his game and the way he is able to utilise his talents and the way he is able to fight when he really wants to.
“It is going to be a challenging one on grass and he is a big opponent for this surface.”
It should be a blockbuster if both players play to their full potential