WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Wimbledon tips for a third-round barnburner between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

Wimbledon Tips – Nick Kyrgios V Stefanos Tsitsipas

01:00 (AEST), Sun Jul 3rd @ All England Club, Wimbledon

History: Played 4: Kyrgios 3 V Tsitsipas 1

Last meeting: Halle Open, 2022 (R16): Kyrgios d Tsitsipas 5-7 6-2 6-4

Final Thoughts: Unquestionably the match of the day – and probably of the tournament so far – as uber-talented Wimbledon dark horses Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas square off in the third round.

Kyrgios’ journey to the Round of 32 for the sixth time in eight visits to the All England Club has been characteristically rocky. But after a scrappy five-set win over unheralded Paul Jubb that included blow-ups with line umpires and fans, the 26-year-old was at his sizzling best to despatch Filip Krajinovic.

Kyrgios crushed the 26th seed 6-2 6-3 6-1, holding serve throughout and firing down 25 aces.

Fourth seed Tsitsipas has also moved in the third round impressively. Following a hard-fought four-set win over Alexander Ritschard, he overwhelmed Aussie Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-3 7-5.

Tsitsipas, the French Open runner-up in 2021 and semi-finalist in four other grand slams, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2018 – the only time other the Greek phenom made it past the first round in London.

Both players enjoyed strong grass-court build-ups. Kyrgios made the semis of the Stuttgart and Halle Opens, coming from a set down to beat Tsitsipas at the latter. But Tsitsipas bounced back to win the Mallorca Open last week.

Kyrgios’ 3-1 head-to-head advantage over Tsitsipas provides a key psychological edge. And the mental warfare has already begun off the court between the brash, outspoken pair. This has the makings of an epic and Kyrgios, on the fourth line of Wimbledon title betting, has every reason to be confident.

But Tsitsipas has stepped up when the heat is on at grand slam level far more often than Kygrios and has considerably more recent experience in gruelling five-set tennis – and there’s every indication this will go long into the evening.

Tip: Result – Tsitsipas @ $2.12


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