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Nick Kyrgios defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in a duel full of drama
It was controversial at times, theatrical at others, but Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas provided the best match of the day on Saturday. In a knockdown and drag match, it was Kyrgios who came out ahead, winning in four sets.
The game had it all: arguments with the referees, swearing, clandestine serves, outbursts, rage-fueled retaliatory strikes, code violations and balls thrown furiously into the stands.
What started out as a tennis match quickly turned into Oscar-worthy drama. Kyrgios perfectly played the role of the villain, arguing with the referee and calling a linesman.”snitchand get into the skin of Tsitsipas.
Kyrgios’ antics didn’t work initially. Although the first set was back and forth, it was Tsitsipas who won 7-6.
However, in the second set, Kyrgios’ theatrics finally got to Tsitsipas. Things came to a head when Tsitsipas, in a moment of frustration, angrily sent a ball into the stands. Kyrgios refused to play until Tsitsipas was given a breach. Kyrgios asked “all supervisors.” Tsitsipas did not enter by default, but Kyrgios won the second set 6-4.
Tsitsipas continued to allow his frustrations to boil over in the third set. He angrily smashed Kyrgios’s balls out of anger. Tsitsipas ultimately received a code violation for throwing a ball during the live game.
Kyrgios, meanwhile, reveled in Tsitsipas’ emotions. Kyrgios mixed up some serves underhand, something he tweeted about on Friday.
He also played for the crowd, taking a bow after earning a point after the ball bounced off the net and landed in Tsitsipas’s side.
Kyrgios went on to take the third set 6-3.
Tsitsipas regained some of his composure in the fourth set, which went to a tie break. Kyrgios eventually came out on top, winning the set and the match 7-6.
The victory pushes Kyrgios into the fourth round, where he will face Brandon Nakashima.
Rafael Nadal beats Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets
Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon with a victory over Lorenzo Sonego on Saturday. Nadal defeated Sonego in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Nadal was in control early, at one point winning nine games in a row. Sonego gave Nadal some trouble in the final set, but Nadal still emerged victorious to take the match.
After the action, the two met online to discuss something. The conversation initially seemed controversial, although in the end it seemed that both players were friendly. Nadal denied that things were “spicy” after the match.
With the victory, Nadal will face Botic van de Zandschulp in the fourth round.
Iga Swiatek’s incredible streak comes to an end against Alize Cornet
After 37 consecutive wins, Iga Swiatek’s incredible streak is over. Alize Cornet defeated Swiatek in the Wimbledon third round in straight sets on Saturday.
The first set went back and forth as Cornet and Swiatek traded points. Cornet eventually came out ahead, winning the set 6-4. Cornet kept up the pressure in the second set and Swiatek was unable to respond. He made uncharacteristic mistakes and didn’t take advantage of easy scoring opportunities. Those mistakes continued as the match wore on, leading to Cornet taking the second set and the match, 6-2.
With the victory, Cornet will face Ajla Tomljanovic in the fourth round. For Swiatek, the loss marks the end of an incredible streak, in which Swiatek won 37 straight matches. That run tied the longest winning streak in women’s tennis in 32 years.
Coco Gauff falls to Amanda Anisimova
Coco Gauff looked to continue her strong run after reaching the French Open final, but Amanda Anisimova had other plans. In a battle of the Americans, it was Anisimova, 20, who prevailed. She defeated Gauff in straight sets 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the tournament.
Anisimova came out on fire in the first set, pushing Gauff into a tie break. Gauff won, but Anisimova showed that overcoming her was not going to be easy. She seemed to get stronger as the match went on, defeating Gauff 6-2 in the second set and 6-1 in the final set.
With the victory, he advanced to the fourth round of the tournament. She will face Harmony Tan in the round of 16.
Jessica Pegula loses to Petra Martic in the third round
Surprises dominated the day on the female side of the group. American Jessica Pegula is out of Wimbledon after losing to Petra Martic in straight sets in the third round.
Martic got off to a good start, taking the first set 6-2. Pegula tried to fight back in the second set, forcing a tie break. Martic proved too difficult to handle, winning the tiebreaker and the match, 7-6. Pegula entered Wimbledon as the No. 8 seed. Following Saturday’s upsets, No. 3 seed Ons Jabeur and No. 4 seed Paula Badosa remain the best women left at Wimbledon.
American men see mixed third-round results at Wimbledon
The remaining American men saw mixed results in the third round at Wimbledon. Brandon Nakashima’s career continued. The American advanced to the fourth round, winning in straight sets over Daniel Elahi Galán. Taylor Fritz also advanced, dropping Alex Molcan in straight sets. Jenson Brooksby fell to Cristian Garin on Saturday. Garin dispatched Brooksby in four sets (6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4). Jack Sock’s career also came to an end. Sock fell to Jason Kubler in a match that went all the way. Sock had 23 aces in the contest but was unable to get past Kubler in the final two sets.
Other outstanding results
• Paula Badosa advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon after beating Petra Kvitova on Saturday. Badosa defeated Kvitova in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 to earn the victory. After Saturday’s surprises, Badosa remains one of the best women left in the tournament. She will face Simona Halep in the fourth round, which takes place on Monday.
• Barbora Krejcikova was upset by Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Saturday. Krejcikova took an early lead, taking the first set 6-2, but she couldn’t help but keep up the pressure. Tomljanovic took the next two sets 6-4 6-3 to advance to the fourth round.
• Botic van de Zandschulp advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon with victory over Richard Gasquet. va de Zandschulp needed four sets to dispatch Gasquet (7-5, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1). Van de Zandschulp’s serve was on fire throughout the match, as he hit 19 aces on his way to victory.
• Simona Halep had no trouble advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon. Halep, the No. 16 seed, dispatched Magdalena Frech in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
• Harmony Tan continued her impressive run at Wimbledon with a commanding win over Katie Boulter in the third round. Tan dispatched Boulter in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-1. Tan, who defeated Serena Williams in the first round, will look to continue her impressive run when she takes on Anisimova on Sunday.