Nick Kyrgios vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: A Wimbledon blockbuster awaits

Get the popcorn ready for Saturday night as we’ll be in for one of the tennis blockbusters of the year when Nick Kyrgios lines up against Greece’s fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a match likely to be scheduled for center court. Saturday night AEST.

Kyrgios continued his impressive form on grass with a straight-set thrashing of 26th seed Filip Krajinovic, without facing a single break point on serve as he hit 50 winners, almost half of which were as, in a match that lasted an hour and 25 minutes.

The Canberran didn’t drop a point on serve in the first set and their win was never in doubt as they earned a double break early in the third, eventually breaking the Serbian’s serve for the third time. in the set on his first match point. .

It was a welcome return to form for the 27-year-old after enduring a five-set roller coaster in his first-round match against British wildcard Paul Jubb, and he hopes to bring more of the same when he faces Tsitsipas in the third round.

The Greek fourth seed fulfilled his end of the bargain after beating another Australian, Jordan Thompson, in straight sets despite having to come back from 1-3 down in the second set, in which he played five games in a row.

The clash between Kyrgios and Tsitsipas was always going to be anticipated when they were drawn in the same section of the draw, especially after the Aussie won their last encounter en route to reaching the semi-finals in Halle last month. last.

Their section of the draw also opened up slightly, after Canada’s 13th seed Denis Shapovalov was upset in four sets by little-known American Brandon Nakashima, while Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut became third. victim of COVID-19 after being forced to withdraw.

Excluding team events such as the ATP and Laver Cups, Kyrgios has won both of his encounters on the regular ATP Tour; his other victory being in the semi-finals in Washington in 2019.

Australia’s top-ranked player Alex de Minaur survived a major scare from Jack Draper to win in four sets and field a third-round clash against another British player, this time wild card Liam Broady.

de Minaur dropped a hard-fought first set 5-7 and looked the barrel two sets to one before sweeping the second-set tiebreak and dominating afterwards to match his result from 2018 by reaching the third round.

He will now imagine his chances of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time, after being opposed in the same section as Italy’s eighth seed Matteo Berrettini who was forced to withdraw from the tournament on Tuesday after testing positive to COVID-19.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal was once again forced to endure four sets but still beat Ricardis Berankis to claim his 16th straight Majors victory this year and keep his chances of winning at the All England Club for the first time in twelve years.

Next up for the King of Clay is Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, seeded 27th.

In the women’s draw, de Minaur’s girlfriend Katie Boulter lit up center court with an emotional victory over last year’s beaten finalist Karolina Pliskova, dedicating the win to her late grandmother on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was looking to bring joy back to the home side after watching Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray crash out in succession on Wednesday, and she responded by recording her second victory over Pliskova in as many weeks.

She also dedicated the win to de Minaur, whom she described as the epitome of a fighter who never gives up in the face of adversity.

Boulter next faces Harmony Tan after backing up her huge first-round win over Serena Williams with a straight win over Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

In other women’s results, top seed Iga Swiatek survived a big scare before defeating Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in three sets, recording her 37th consecutive victory.

The last remaining Australian, Ajla Tomljanovic, beat American qualifier Catherine Harrison to set up a third-round clash against former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, with the winner potentially set to face Swiatek in the fourth round.

Fourth seed Paula Badosa and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova faced off in the third round, with straight-set wins over Irina Bara and Ana Bogdan, respectively.

2019 champion Simona Halep sent Kirsten Flipkens to retirement with a straight-sets victory, while Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova will face off in an all-American clash, possibly for the right to face new local favorite Katie Boulter in the last sixteen.

But former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu was not so lucky, losing in straight sets to Elena Rybakina.

Third seed Ons Jabeur and defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic headline the center court program for day five, the former taking on Diane Parry, who notably knocked out defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in the first round at Roland Garros in May.

Djokovic takes on compatriot Miomor Kecmanovic, after which ninth seed Cameron Norrie takes on American Steve Johnson.

On Court No 1, Heather Watson will be looking for her career best performance at Wimbledon when she takes on Kaja Juvan, after which Angelique Kerber and Carlos Alcaraz will feature.

Greek fifth seed Maria Sakkari is also in action on Court No 2 while American qualifier Jack Sock will look to complete his draw with suspension against compatriot Maxime Cressy, the former leading by two sets to love when the game has been cancelled.

Australian qualifier Jason Kubler will also look to complete his match against Dennis Novak, having been less than a game away from victory when their draw was also suspended due to bad weather.

Matches to follow on day 5
Center Court – from 1:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. AEST)
Diane Parry (FRA) against [3] Ons Jabeur (TUN)
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) against [25] Miomor Kecmanovic (SRB)
[9] Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

Court No. 1 – from 1:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. AEST)
Heather Watson (GBR) against Kaja Juvan (SLO)
[15] Angelique Kerber (GER) against [24] Elise Mertens (BEL)
[32] Oscar Otte (GER) against [5] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)

Court No. 2 – from 11:00 a.m. (8:00 p.m. AEST)
[23] Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
[5] Maria Sakkari (GRE) against Tatjana Maria (GER)
[10] Jannik Sinner (ITA) against [20] John Isner (USA)

Court #3 – from 11:00 a.m. (8:00 p.m. AEST)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) against [12] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Jack Sock (USA) v Maxime Cressy (USA) – to finish 6-4, 6-4
[30] Tommy Paul (USA) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)
[33] Zhang Shuai (CHN) against Caroline Garcia (FRA)

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