Kyrgios beat Tsitsipas in 4 units — 6-7(2) 6-Four 6-Three 7-6(7) — in an action-packed, controversial recreation on Courtroom One however the pair continued the feud at their post-match press conferences.
Tsitsipas had been annoyed by Kyrgios’ “fixed bullying” from the opposite facet 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 is fixed bullying, that is what he does. He bullies opponents. He was most likely a bully in school himself. I do not like bullies,” Tsitsipas advised reporters after the match.
“I do not like those who put different folks down. He has some good traits in his character, as effectively. However he additionally has a really evil facet to him, which if it is uncovered, it will possibly actually do quite a lot of hurt and unhealthy to the folks round him.”
Kyrgios, who has already brought on headlines at Wimbledon for each his outbursts and audacious pictures, laughed off his opponents feedback, calling them “comfortable.”
He had beforehand stated he had enormous respect for the Greek when interviewed on courtroom instantly after the match.
“I do not know what to say. I am 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 right now that was disrespectful. I used to be not drilling him with balls. To return in right here and say I bullied him, that is simply comfortable. We’re not lower from the identical material. I’m going up towards guys who’re true opponents.
“I’ve bought many buddies within the locker room, simply to let you realize. I am truly probably the most preferred. I am set. He is not preferred. 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 am not used to enjoying this fashion,” he stated. “However I can not 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 facet of the courtroom for no absolute motive.
“Each single level that I performed right now I really feel like there was one thing occurring on the opposite facet of the online.
“That is his method of manipulating the opponent and making you are feeling distracted, in a method. There isn’t any 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 type of habits not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated.”
Kyrgios, who will play American Brandon Nakashima within the subsequent spherical, stated Tsitsipas must be extra frightened about discovering a method to beat him.
“I might be fairly upset if I misplaced to somebody two weeks in a row. Possibly he ought to determine how one can beat me a pair extra occasions first,” the Australian added.