Nick Kyrgios delivered a dramatically different performance from his opening match at Wimbledon as he stormed into the third round – and followed it up with a classic call that sparked laughter throughout the room.
Kyrgios defeated Serbian Filip Krajinović 6-2 6-3 6-1 to face Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas – the fourth seed to beat Australian Jordan Thompson in his bid for a major in the third round. first singles.
While Kyrgios was far from his best when he stumbled to victory in the first round against local wildcard Paul Jubb, he produced three breathtaking sets in his win over Krajinović on Thursday night (AEST).
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“I wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good,” Kyrgios said with a blank expression when interviewed on the track after the game, causing the All England Club crowd to burst out laughing.
“I love that you just said that straight-faced,” the interviewer said.
The brash Australian kept his cool.
“No,” he said, refusing to let a grin interrupt his serious demeanor.
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Kyrgios closed the gap in performance between his first and second rounds.
“Nerves of course. Just crossing the line in that first round was huge. I’ve been playing good tennis for the past month, so I was really surprised (with) the way I played last. It wasn’t great,” Kyrgios said.
“But there were a lot of positives. I didn’t play anywhere near my best and came through, and today I was clearly a bit in my zone. Just great body language, just well played.”
Kyrgios surprised Krajinović with 24 aces and 50 winners.
The 27-year-old also registered a win rate of 93 on the first serve.
“That was one of the best focused performances I’ve seen from Nick in grand slam tennis,” Todd Woodbridge said of Stan Sport coverage.
“Gosh, he served well today… he could just hit all his spots.”
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