Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas played out one of the most entertaining and eventful matches at Wimbledon in recent memory tonight. Kyrgios won in four sets by a final scoreline of 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 and the fourth-round match felt like it was out of a bygone era for men's tennis.
Kyrgios was in vintage form in the first set, swearing at linesmen and attempting underarm, between the legs serves.
— 𝐄𝐝𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐥 (@eddbagenal) July 2, 2022
Among the many mad things to happen was Tsitsipas seemingly trying to hit Kyrgios with the ball.
No question about this: Stefanos Tsitsipas is deliberately trying to hit Nick Kyrgios here. Should be cautioned at minimum for the attempt. Umpire has lost control of this match. #Wimbledon #CentreCourt100 pic.twitter.com/5SkY0yqq9N
— Omar Moore (@thepopcornreel) July 2, 2022
Tsitsipas also put a few errant balls in the direction of spectators, which is technically a default of one point.
— Chris Raynor (@1950two) July 2, 2022
Kyrgios v the upmire
Kyrgios had some impassioned exchanges with the umpire, and pleaded with him to default the Greek, using the now-famous line 'It's a default, bro'.
the time-honored request to speak to the supervisor pic.twitter.com/Bnt7er9OML
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 2, 2022
He then took the argument up with the umpire's supervisor, and complained about double standards in how the game is officiated..
— Richard K 🏴 (@soberich) July 2, 2022
There are just a smattering of incidents in one of the chippiest Wimbledon match we can recall. The Australian eventually won in a fourth-set tiebreaker. In the end, the handshake lasted about a half of a second.
— Omar (@alpaliio) July 2, 2022
The match did inspire one of the best tweets of the year.
Nick Kyrgios is so unlikeable he has me - someone with a lisp - cheering on a man called Stefanos Tsitsipas.
— Greg Double (@Dubstep1988) July 2, 2022
Afterwards, Kyrgios was surprisingly magnanimous and called the Greek player "his brother"
"Honestly, it was a hell of an atmosphere, an amazing match. I felt like the favourite coming in, I beat him a couple of weeks ago.
"He's a hell of a player, he knows how to beat me, he's beaten me once. I'm so happy to be through. He [Tsitsipas] was getting frustrated at times and it is a frustrating sport.
"I have ultimate respect for him, whatever happens on the court I love him and I'm close with his brother. It's amazing, everywhere I go I seem to have full stadiums. The media loves to say I'm bad for the sport but clearly I'm not."