Stefanos Tsitsipas called Nick Kyrgios a “bully” after his storming Wimbledon defeat on Saturday. “It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does,” the Greek fourth seed said in his post-match press conference after his third round match. “He threatens opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullying.”
“His character also has some good qualities.
“But … there is a very bad side to it, which, if exposed, can really hurt the people around it.”
The Australian took a 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) lead in the match, during which both players were found guilty of violating the rules by the umpire. Punished with reference.
Kyrgios even demanded that Tsitsipas default when he hit the ball in the crowd.
Tsitsipas admitted that he deliberately hit the ball to Kyrgios at one point in an attempt to silence the Australian.
“I was hitting my opponent’s body but I lost a lot,” he said.
“He needs to stop. It’s not okay. Someone needs to sit down and talk to him. I’m not in the habit of playing like that.”
“But I can’t just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone who is completely cold and ignorant.
“It felt like a circus. You get tired of constantly talking, constantly complaining,” he added.
Kyrgios said in a press conference that he understood why Setspas would be upset after losing twice in recent weeks, including in Halle.
“Maybe he should know that first I have to hit once or twice and then get to it,” he said.
Kyrgios claimed he had been bullied in court.
“I’m not sure how I bullied him. He was going to hit me with the ball, he was the one who hit the spectator, he was the one who kicked him out of the stadium. I didn’t do anything.
“I didn’t do anything disrespectful to Stefanos today.”
“He’s soft on coming here and saying I bullied him. We’re not cut with the same cloth. If he’s affected, that’s what’s stopping him,” he added.
After sealing his victory, the 2014 quarter-finalist said he had assessed his chances of coming into the match after his recent win against fourth seed on the grass in Germany.
“He’s a hell of a player. He knows how to beat me – he’s beaten me once,” said the 40th-ranked Australian, who now has a 4-1 win over the Greek. Record.
“It’s amazing. Everywhere I go I think there are stadiums. The media likes to say I’m bad for the game but obviously I’m not.”
Kyrgios, who received a pornography warning, did not lose his serve throughout the match, saving all five break points he faced and winning 81% of his first serve points.
There was little sign of drama when 23-year-old Tsitsipas sidelined the first set tiebreak.
But the match was ruined when, after losing the second set, a frustrated Tsitsipas hit the ball into the crowd, for which he received a warning.
Kyrgios said Tsitsipas should be expelled from Wimbledon, recalling the US Open incident in 2020 when Novak Djokovic defaulted from the tournament after hitting a line judge with the ball.
In shocking scenes, the Australian called the umpire “disrespectful”, demanded that he speak to supervisors and said he would not continue until the situation was resolved.
“You can’t hit the ball in the crowd and you can’t hit anyone and you can’t default,” he said.
Tsitsipas then left the courthouse but returned to Court One in a rapidly volatile environment.
Kyrgios, now clearly at the top against the tumultuous Tsitsipas, broke in the fourth game of the third set.
Later in the set, Tsitsipas was awarded a one-point penalty for hitting the ball to the back of the court in frustration following Kyrgyz’s underarm serve.
The 2019 ATP Finals saw shots fired towards the champion Australian while Kyrgios kept talking between points and the winners bowed to the crowd 5-3 after a drop shot.
Kyrgios won the set and immediately put pressure on Tsitsipas at the start of the fourth set, but no player was forced to break despite several occasions.
At 4-4 the game was stopped due to a roof closure and the match went to a tie break.
Tsitsipas set points to level the match, but it was Kyrgios who came to the top when his opponent netted after a drop shot.
The Australian will play 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima, the world number 56, in the last 16.
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