21-seeded Nick Kyrgios finished 9-7 in the fifth set of a suspended first-round match. at Wimbledon.
The match was stopped 3 o’clock – All are in Group 5 on Tuesday evening as local rules forbid play after 11pm. When they resumed the match on Court 1, Kyrgios broke an 8-7 lead and then saved two break points in the final before sealing the match with a winner serve.
This was Kyrgios’ first match since the Australian Open in February, where he also beat Humbert in an entertaining five-set match.
The Australian said in a court interview that his performance “wasn’t too bad for a part-time player”. He is now 4-0 in five matches at Wimbledon.
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Kyrgios won the first and fourth sets on Tuesday. Humbert took the second and third. Humbert was coming off his first grasscourt title after winning the Halle Open this month.
Then Kyrgios was asked about slippery pitches That became a talking point at Wimbledon. The Australian suffered an embarrassing fall during the fifth set that left him screaming in pain, with brief fears he might not be able to continue.
“I’m a very interesting person to ask about movement,” Kyrgios said in his post-match press conference.
“I definitely think being Australian growing up on grass helps. I played a lot of grasscourt matches when I was young…I developed my grasscourt game early on.
“My instincts on the lawn are pretty good… for me it kind of comes naturally.
“To be honest, I have a shocking foot movement. You probably should never ask me that question again. It’s more like a Diego Schwartzman thing I think, but I think it comes more naturally.
“I’m not the most flexible guy, so any time I part my legs a little bit, I’m like, ‘Ah.
“Going down, it was so brutal. It hurt, and my cheek hurt. But I got up and showed some flexibility, as I got older.”
Kyrgios said the rainy start to Wimbledon did not help the courts.
“I don’t think rain helps, especially on the outdoor pitches when it gets a bit slippery and unpredictable,” Kyrgios said.
“It’s sometimes what happens on the grass. I think the game has evolved now where there are a lot of pools and players are very capable of making a lot of returns or that extra ball where the body is not supposed to be in those positions and then people slide over and injuries happen.
“The burden too. These guys have played a lot of matches and the table tennis is tough, it’s just brutal. You’ve got the French Open (in May and June) and then you’re on the grass expected to bring out the best tennis from week to week.
“I don’t know if there is a solution but that’s exactly what’s on the lawn…The grass has this unpredictable factor that there is no guarantee anytime you go in there that you could get injured.”
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