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Zichipas faces Kyrgios in Wimbledon’s blockbuster

Nick Kirios of Australia returns the ball to Philip Kleinovic of Serbia during the men’s singles tennis match on the fourth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon on June 30, 2022. .. — AFP pic

Sunday, July 3, 2022 12:09 AMMYT

London, July 2-Nick Kyrgios witnesses Stefanos Tsitsipas in today’s blockbuster clash at Wimbledon, and Rafael Nadal’s road to final could be the winner there is.

Greece’s fourth-seeded Tsitsipas is the only other top 10 player left on the drawside of Nadaru, and the fiery Australian Kyrgios is a match for everyone of his day.

After winning his first glass court title in Mallorca last week, Tsitsipas is very confident, but he faces a man who was beaten only once in four meetings.

Kyrgios, who took the lead when the two players met in Halle last month, is making waves at Wimbledon on and off the court.

His first victory over Paul Jub in Britain was undermined by admitting he spit in the direction of fans who accused him of being rude, and he also aimed at officials.

The 27-year-old, who was fined US $ 10,000 in the case on Tuesday, feels bitter at a post-match press conference, but remains bullish.

After defeating Filip Krajinović in a straight set, the 40th-placed player said, “I feel comfortable with my skin.”

“Some people just like to break me. It’s impossible anymore.”

Tsitsipas, who reached the fourth round in 2018, said he was “excited” to face Kyrgios, who defeated Nadal on his way to the 2014 quarterfinals.

“I have a lot of respect for him in court, what he’s trying to do,” he said. “He’s been a bit controversial in the past, but I think he’s playing good tennis.”

Kyrgios’ victory will give him his tenth victory to lead the season on the grass this season.

Second-seeded Nadal, who is chasing the calendar’s Grand Slam, realizes that he hasn’t culminated in the All England Club yet after two lewd performances so far.

“I haven’t played much on the grass for three years,” said the 22-time Grand Slam winner, following a four-set victory with Ricarda Suberankis.

“It gives me the opportunity to continue, it’s very happy.

“I need to improve. Even if things go wrong, I have to keep working and be humble.”

Australia’s 19-seeded Alex de Minaur will defeat British wildcard Liam Broady 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 to face Chilean Christian Garin in the final 16 games.

The 21st seed of the Netherlands, Beautic van Desand Sulp, has forgotten the challenge of French veteran Richard Gasquet in four sets.

Sunburn progresses

In the women’s tournament, Harmony Tan, who knocked out Serena Williams in the first round, defeated the British wildcard Katie Vaulter 6-1 and 6-1 in just 51 minutes to reach the fourth round.

A 24-year-old French player defeated the vault five times with a dominant display to disappoint the Court 2 spectators.

“I think I like grass,” said Tan, who is ranked 115th in the world. “I never play on this court, but I’m really happy because I like slicing, volleying, and playing everything in my game.

“The first round with Serena was really moving and after playing each match it was really good tennis today. I don’t know why, but it depends on the day.”

Tan then came from behind to defeat French Open finalist Coco Gauff 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-1 in Thailand at the French Open 20-seeded Amanda Anisimova. Play against Mowa.

2019 champion Simona Halep defeated Magdalena Fletch 6-4, 6-1 and was comfortable until the final 16 games.

The world’s number one Iga Sifion is aiming for 38 consecutive victories against unseeded French veteran Alizé Cornet.

When asked if her winning streak gave her confidence, Poland’s top seed said it didn’t get into her mind while she was playing the match.

“I’m just trying to understand what’s better and how it’s coming back,” she said. “So it doesn’t really matter to me.”

Fourth-seeded Paula Badosa is one of the most eye-catching ties in the third round and will face two former champions Petra Kvitova. — AFP

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