Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed how he will take on “controversial” Nick Kyrgios for a place in the last-16 of Wimbledon.
I’m definitely thrilled to be facing him. I respect him a lot on the court, what he is trying to do, although he has been a little bit controversial Stefanos Tsitsipas
Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike behaviour – which involved the umpire, a line judge and a spectator – during his first-round victory over Britain’s Paul Jubb.
But Greece’s world No.5 Tsitsipas has pledged to stay focused “on my own game from start to finish”.
The fourth seed is 3-1 down in his head-to-head against Kyrgios.
Tsitsipas said: “Nick has more matches than me on this court. He claims to like grass and I think his game is good for the grass.
“I’m definitely thrilled to be facing him. I respect him a lot on the court, what he is trying to do, although he has been a little bit controversial.
“I think he’s playing good tennis. I’m going to concentrate on doing my thing and paying attention to my own game from start to finish.
“Hopefully I can stay there and do something great, have a great competitive match against him.”
Kyrgios has withdrawn from the doubles event in which he was to play alongside Australian Open-winning partner and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis, to concentrate on singles.
The unseeded ace said: “I’m a singles player: my priority has always been singles. I’ve made quarter-finals here before, I’ve won singles titles. I played nearly four hours in my first round. Me personally, it was just too much time on court.
“I’ve got an incredibly tough draw but I’ll keep taking it match by match.
“I’m excited. I feel like we both earned the right. We’re two of the biggest stars in the sport. Hopefully, if we both bring our best tennis, it’s going to be amazing to watch.”