One bad line call was enough for Nick Kyrgios to start swearing, making double faults and throwing away the first set.
Nick Kyrgios is on the back foot in his blockbuster Wimbledon third round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas in a match that shows all the hallmarks of another Kyrgios meltdown.
The early stages of the competition indicated that we were in for a classic.
The first three games went deuce – although neither player was able to break.
Kyrgios started racing through his service games at warp speed, adding a bit of flavor to the crowd with a tweener serve and another pump fake tweener serve followed by a bomb on the tee.
But the wheels fall off after the Aussie was on the wrong side of an incorrect line call when he pushed to break Tsitsipas at 5-5.
Kyrgios was furious and asked the chair umpire to remove the person in violation.
“He only has one line to call,” Kyrgios said when switching ends. “It’s irritating. Mistakes every game. 5 of them all.”
He recovered to hold the serve and force a tiebreak, but an early double foul put him behind and appeared to be staggering.
Tsitsipas took the lead 4-2 with a brilliant return past Kyrgios – who tried to serve and volley – before the Greek star showed great composure by walking away as Kyrgios prepared to serve as he continued to scold the linesman.
“He has every right to do that,” the ESPN commentator said.
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Originally published as Nick Kyrgios falling apart at Wimbledon: ‘He has one f***ing line to call’