Kyrgios beat Tsitsipas in 4 units – 6-7(2) 6-4 6-3 7-6(7) – in an action-packed, controversial sport on Court docket One however the pair continued the feud at their post-match press conferences.
Tsitsipas had been pissed off by Kyrgios’ “fixed bullying” from the opposite aspect of the online and had tried to hit his opponent with a shot in the course of the fiery encounter.
Kyrgios, who was vocal all through, was warned for swearing by the umpire and was left livid when Tsitsipas wasn’t disqualified for firing a ball into the group out of frustration.
“Yeah, it’s fixed bullying, that’s what he does. He bullies opponents. He was most likely a bully at college himself. I don’t like bullies,” Tsitsipas advised reporters after the match.
“I don’t like those who put different folks down. He has some good traits in his character, as effectively. However he additionally has a really evil aspect to him, which if it’s uncovered, it will possibly actually do loads of hurt and dangerous to the folks round him.”
Kyrgios, who has already precipitated headlines at Wimbledon for each his outbursts and audacious pictures, laughed off his opponents feedback, calling them “tender.”
He had beforehand stated he had enormous respect for the Greek when interviewed on courtroom instantly after the match.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m unsure how I bullied him. He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one which hit a spectator, he was the one which smacked it out of the stadium,” Kyrgios advised reporters after progressing to the spherical of 16.
“I did nothing in direction of Stefanos immediately that was disrespectful. I used to be not drilling him with balls. To come back in right here and say I bullied him, that’s simply tender. We’re not minimize from the identical fabric. I’m going up in opposition to guys who’re true opponents.
“I’ve received many pals within the locker room, simply to let . I’m truly probably the most favored. I’m set. He’s not favored. Let’s simply put that there.”
Tsitsipas later apologized for firing a ball into the group and admitted to attempting to hit Kyrgios with a physique shot.
“I’m not used to enjoying this manner,” he stated. “However I can’t simply sit there, act like a robotic and act like somebody that’s utterly chilly and ignorant.
“Since you’re on the market doing all of your job, and you’ve got noise coming from the opposite aspect of the courtroom for no absolute purpose.
“Each single level that I performed immediately I really feel like there was one thing happening on the opposite aspect of the online.
“That’s his method of manipulating the opponent and making you are feeling distracted, in a method. There is no such thing as a different participant that does this. I actually hope all us gamers can give you one thing and make this a cleaner model of our sport, have this sort of conduct not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated.”
Kyrgios, who will play American Brandon Nakashima within the subsequent spherical, stated Tsitsipas needs to be extra nervous about discovering a technique to beat him.
“I might be fairly upset if I misplaced to somebody two weeks in a row. Perhaps he ought to work out beat me a pair extra instances first,” the Australian added.