June 30, 2021
Nick Kyrgios has edged a thriller on No1 Court and cemented his love affair with the Wimbledon crowds.
The controversial Aussie has always been a massive entertainer.
And on Tuesday and Wednesday Kyrgios showed why he is such massive box office at Wimbledon.
His match against the impressive Frenchman Ugo Humbert was poised at 3-3 in the fifth set overnight.
But the knife-edge drama continued on day three of this incredible Wimbledon.
Humbert had his opportunities to break and take the match.
And Nick looked in even bigger trouble when he yelled out in agony as he slipped and fell heavily.
But when it really mattered Kyrgios found something special with a backhand down the line and a variety of cross-court winners.
All the time his rapport with the spectators on No1 Court was strengthening.
They greeted his 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7 victory with noisy enthusiasm and the hero of the hour was only too grateful.
Afterwards Kyrgios said: ‘Not bad for a part-time player! Ugo is an incredible kid and he just won Halle so I knew I was the underdog.
‘But Wimbledon is one of my favourite events. I just love playing here.
‘It’s awesome to see you guys out here again.’
Without the help of the Wimbledon spectators, cult figure Kyrgios might never have made it through.
He admitted: ‘I was in so much pain this morning physically because it’s so long since I played.
‘But it’s easy to get up for it when when you’ve got a full house here, it’s such fun!’
And it’s that carefree, maverick attitude that makes people want to come and watch Kyrgios.
Tennis fans will be delighted Kyrgios now has the chance to go deep and hasn’t been caught cold in round one.
None of the biggest names will want to face Nick at any stage.
He has beaten Novak Djokovic in the past and although he hasn’t beaten Roger Federer since 2015, he would probably start on equal terms this year.
In 2019 Kyrgios played an epic against Rafael Nadal after some spicy pre-match talk from both men.
Rafa won that psychological drama but he isn’t here to repeat the feat this time aorund.
Still, you can bet there will be another memorable contest involving Nick Kyrgios before this Wimbledon is over.
And the stands will be packed as fans flock to follow one of the true stars of our sport.
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