Stefanos Tsitsipas breezes into the third round at Wimbledon after ferocious straight sets victory over Jordan Thompson… with the fourth seed now in line to face controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios
- Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Jordan Thompson 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 on Court 1 on Thursday
- Fourth seed has now reached the third round at Wimbledon for the second time
- Nick Kyrgios will now face Tsitsipas following an explosive start to SW19
So now we know how Stefanos Tsitsipas nurtures those fine locks – an extensive routine involving olive oil, double shampoo sessions and Greek oregano, for those wondering.
Over these next few days we should find out whether he has developed a formula to master the grass, too. Here were some promising signs, certainly.
The No 4 seed moved into round three – for only the second time – with a straight-sets win over Jordan Thompson. This was a victory built on the ferocity of his groundstrokes but also the solid foundations of his serve. Poor Thompson secured only two break points over three sets and won just 18 points on the Tsitsipas serve all day.
Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates beating Jordan Thompson in straight sets on Court 1
Not that the world No 76 was blown away. Thompson more than played his part in an intriguing battle that featured furious exchanges from the baseline and Australian anger at the officials – what’s new?
For Tsitsipas, it will serve as good preparation for his next assignment: another Australian with a bit of bark -but rather more bite. His battle with Nick Kyrgios should be a decent watch.
You’d expect Mark Philippoussis to be back for that one.
The fourth seed looked in top form as he powered his way past the Australian on Thursday
Tsitsipas put in a top display to reach the third round of Wimbledon for just the second time
The Australian giant was on No 1 Court for this – not to cheer on his compatriot but as part of the Tsitsipas box. How he would have enjoyed the Greek’s early exhibition of serving.
Tsitsipas, 23, carried power and precision. But most crucially, consistency. The fourth seed missed only one first serve in his opening two service games and ended the first set having lost just three points on serve. Thompson simply couldn’t get a look in.
His own service games, by contrast, were often a slog.
For the crowd, it was engrossing viewing as these two traded fierce groundstrokes. For Thompson, though, the pressure eventually told.
Australian star Thompson battled well but struggled against the might of the Greek’s serve
The Australian was broken twice in the first set and Tsitipas continued to force openings thereafter.
But then a twist. The Greek offered up the first sniff of a chance on his serve and Thompson took it, edging ahead with a fine passing shot. Alas, normal service soon resumed. Tsitsipas broke straight back and then held to love. Then came controversy. At 3-3, Thompson saved two crucial break points and before Tsitsipas went wide on deuce. Or did he? The umpire overruled the call, just as Thompson netted a forehand.
Tsitsipas was awarded the point.
Nick Kyrgios will now take on Tsitsipas in the third round of the tournament at SW19
Cue fury from Thompson, who spent several minutes remonstrating with the umpire. Nothing doing and Tsitsipas duly broke.
‘That’s poor,’ the Australian seemed to say to the umpire, having already smashed a ball into the turf and fumed at his box.
By now, the Tsitsipas serve had begun to err and Thompson did force more break points, only for the Greek to hold and close out the second set with another break of his own.
There was no such controversy in the third. Only 11 solid service games before Tsitsipas earned three break points and took the third.