Halle Open: No Sweat As Impressive Nick Kyrgios Sees Off Stefanos Tsitsipas

Halle Open: No Sweat As Impressive Nick Kyrgios Sees Off Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios impressed Stefanos Setcipas in the Halle Grass Court Tournament on Wednesday to hammer out his position as a Wimbledon threat, but only after a fight with the chair umpire over sweat. Kyrgios defeated world number six Setsipas 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second consecutive quarter-final after making it to the last eight at Stuttgart five days ago. The 27-year-old broke his racquet after losing the opener after saving three set points. He then got into a minor altercation with the chair umpire in the third game of the second set, and landed himself with a time-wasting warning.

“He said I was playing very slow – statistically I’m one of the fastest players,” Kyrgios said.

“I had to walk to the shore to get my towel. There’s something called sweat in the 30 degree heat that falls on your hands.

“I needed to clean my hands and he gave me a warning.”

Kyrgios immediately sat down on his bench in the middle of the game and, pointing out of his chair before returning to the court amidst laughter.

“The support I get from the crowds around the world is amazing,” he said. They want me to go out and do a show.

Kyrgios called it a futile warning, “an unnecessary part of the game. It is not needed in a crowded stadium.”

“I later hit two axes just to prove my point.”

Kyrgios, who has played only five events outside of Australia this season, said he was proud to have won on his own terms – playing without a coach and only when it suits him – when he Maintains the current ranking of 65th.

“There definitely needs to be more grass events, I’ve been talking about it for ages,” he said after defeating second seed Greek, saving seven of eight break points in just two hours.

“If we had six grassroots tournaments in Australia, I would never leave the country.”

Kyrgios will play in the quarterfinals against Pablo Carino Busta on Friday when the sixth seed of Spain defeated Sebastian Corda 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

The Australian said the lack of ethics in his tennis career was actually helpful in his game.

“I would be happy if I could beat some of the best players in the world and play with as few events at this level as I do.


“I have a lot of people for whom I am playing for homecoming and they all want me to keep winning matches like this. It proves that you can do it all your own way.”

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