Nick Kyrgios disrupts No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon


Australian Nick Kyrgios hit 60 winners on Saturday as he triumphed in a tense battle and upset fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) at Wimbledon in London .

The win allows the dashing Kyrgios to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016. Kyrgios improved to 4-1 against Greece’s Tsitsipas.

Kyrgios was confused by a linesman’s call at the end of the first set and ramped up his theatrics. Tsitsipas was not happy with the distractions.

“He got frustrated at times,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas during his court interview. “It’s a frustrating sport, that’s for sure.”

Tsitsipas led 21-14 in aces, but also committed more unforced errors (36-31). He recorded 57 winners.

After losing the first set, Kyrgios stepped up his game and the intensity amid the Court 1 crowd skyrocketed.

“It was a great atmosphere, a great game,” said Kyrgios. “I really felt like the favorite came in. … I knew it was going to be a tough game. He’s a great player.”

Kyrgios also suggested that the bad rap he is receiving is not valid.

“Everywhere I go I seem to have full stadiums,” Kyrgios said. “The media likes to write that I am bad for the sport, but clearly not.”

Kyrgios’ deepest Wimbledon run is the quarterfinals in 2014.

Kyrgios then takes on Brandon Nakashima after the 20-year-old easily took a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan. Nakashima is the youngest American to reach the Round of 16 at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick (also 20) in 2003.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 27th-seeded Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Nadal had 24 winners and 17 unforced errors as he continued his pursuit of a third Wimbledon title. Sonego had 19 winners and 17 unforced errors.

“It was probably my best game here at The Championships against the hardest player I’ve met yet,” Nadal said in his on-field interview. “I was able to raise my level, so I’m super happy with that. I wish Lorenzo all the best for the rest of the season.”

Nadal then takes on Botic van de Zandschulp from the Netherlands. The number 21 seed defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-1.

Taylor Fritz, seeded 11th, went on to win 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) over Slovakia’s Alex Molcan. Fritz collected 20 aces.

“It was one of the best save matches I’ve ever had,” said Fritz. “When I play like that, I free up the rest of my game to just go after the ball, just play tennis confidently because I know I’ll get these free points on my serve.”

Fritz then takes on Australian Jason Kubler, who produced a 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Jack Sock.

Number 19 Alex de Minaur of Australia drove to a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Liam Broady of Great Britain. Next up for the Minaur is Cristian Garin of Chile, who took a 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory over 29th seeded Jenson Brooksby.

–Field level media