Stefanos Tsitsipas called Nick Kyrgios “a bully” with an “evil side” after losing a tempestuous Wimbledon clash on Saturday. “It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does,” said the Greek fourth seed at his press conference after the third round. “He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullies.
“He also has some good qualities in his character.
“But… he also has a very bad side about him, which if exposed, can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him.”
The mercurial Australian triumphed 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in the game, in which both players received code violations from the umpire.
Kyrgios even demanded that the Tsitsipas default for hitting the ball into the crowd.
Tsitsipas admitted that he deliberately hit the ball at Kyrgios at one point in an attempt to pacify the Australian.
“I was aiming for my opponent’s body, but I missed a lot,” he said.
“This has to stop. It’s not okay. Someone has to sit down and talk to him. I’m not used to playing this way.
“But I can’t just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone who’s completely cold and ignorant.
“It felt like a bit of a circus. You get tired of the constant talking, the constant complaining,” he added.
Kyrgios said in his own press conference he understands why Tsitsipas would be upset after he lost twice in recent weeks, including in Halle.
“Maybe he should figure out how to beat me a few more times first and then do that,” he said.
Kyrgios claimed he had been the victim of court bullying.
“I’m not sure how I bullied him. He was the one who hit balls at me, he was the one who hit a spectator, he was the one who knocked him out of the stadium. I did nothing.
“I didn’t do anything to Stefanos today that was disrespectful.”
“He’s gentle to come in here and say I’ve bullied him. We’re not cut from the same cloth. If that bothers him, that’s what’s holding him back,” he added.
After taking his win, the 2014 quarter-finalist said he had imagined his chances in the match following his recent win against the fourth seed on the grass in Germany.
“He’s a great player. He knows how to beat me – he beat me once,” said the 40th Australian, who now holds a 4-1 winning record against the Greek player.
“It’s amazing, everywhere I go I seem to have full stadiums. The media likes to say I’m bad for the sport, but clearly I’m not.”
Kyrgios, who received an obscenity warning, didn’t lose his serve the entire game, saved all five breakpoints he got and won 81 percent of his first serve points.
There was little sign of the drama to come when 23-year-old Tsitsipas stroked a first-set tiebreaker.
But the game degenerated into chaos when a frustrated Tsitsipas hit the ball into the crowd after losing the second set, for which he was cautioned.
Kyrgios said Tsitsipas should be kicked out of Wimbledon, recalling the incident at the US Open in 2020 when Novak Djokovic was kicked out of the tournament after hitting a linesman with a ball.
In astonishing scenes, the Australian called the umpire a “disgrace”, demanded that he speak to supervisors and said he would not proceed until the situation was resolved.
“You can’t hit a ball in the crowd and hit someone and not fail,” he said.
At that point, Tsitsipas left the field, but returned to booing in an increasingly unstable atmosphere on Court One.
Kyrgios, now on top against a clearly rattling Tsitsipas, broke in the fourth game of the third set.
Later in the set, Tsitsipas was penalized for hitting the ball to the back of the field in frustration after a forearm serve from Kyrgios.
The 2019 ATP Finals champion appeared to be aiming shots at the Australian as Kyrgios kept talking between points and bowed to the crowd at 5-3 after a winning drop shot.
Kyrgios won the set and immediately put pressure on Tsitsipas in the beginning of the fourth set, but neither player was able to force a break despite several chances.
At 4-4, play was halted to close the roof and the game went to a heart-pounding tie-break.
Tsitsipas had put in points to equalize the game, but it was Kyrgios who came out on top when his opponent scored on a drop shot.
The Australian plays in the last 16 the 20-year-old American Brandon Nakashima, the number 56 in the world.
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