Is this entertainment? Like it or not, Kyrgios has his eye on the Wimbledon title

Roger Federer described him as a “clown”, Rafael Nadal once accused him of disrespect and Stefanos Tsitsipas branded him “nasty” and a “bully” on a memorable Saturday night at Wimbledon.

Love him or hate him, Nick Kyrgios is getting closer to becoming Wimbledon’s most controversial champion of all time.

The 27-year-old Australian made the last 16 after a stormy encounter against Tsitsipas when Wimbledon’s normally posh Court One witnessed the tennis equivalent of a street brawl.

Both players accumulated code violations.

Kyrgios demanded that the Greek default for hitting the ball into the crowd. At one point he refused to continue playing.

Tsitsipas admitted to deliberately trying to hit the Australian with the ball to close the ‘circus’.

The Greek fell into the Kyrgios trap, blinked first and was out of the tournament after three hours and 17 minutes.

For Kyrgios, it was another impressive scalp. Whether the antics, constant talking, and complaining are tactical or not, his stats are impressive.

He has a track record against four of the top five in the world.

Third-placed Novak Djokovic, a potential final opponent at Wimbledon, has lost both times he faced the Australian. The Serb didn’t even claim a sentence.

Against world number one Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios has two wins and one defeat.

Kyrgios is 4-3 against second-placed Alexander Zverev and is 4-1 in his rivalry with world No. 5 Tsitsipas after Saturday.

Interestingly, the stone cold Nadal and Federer have impressive numbers.

– ‘Golden Arm’ –

World number four Nadal, who could be a rival in the semis, has won six of his nine games against the unpredictable Australian.

Federer was hardly troubled and has a 6-1 advantage.

Kyrgios emerged in 2014 when he stunned Nadal at Wimbledon despite his modest ranking of 144.

He hit 30 aces and 77 winners to advance to the quarterfinals.

One newspaper described him as the man with the “golden arm”. US legend John McEnroe said: “I think we’ve found the next man in men’s football.”

Since then, however, Kyrgios’ story has been a cocktail of untapped potential, court controversies and fines.

He was once sanctioned for making a lewd comment about a girlfriend of three-time Major winner Stan Wawrinka.

Another fine came after he was accused of under-deployment in Shanghai in 2016.

At the 2019 Italian Open, he threw a chair onto the court during an angry tirade.

Three years ago he was fined $25,000 and given a 16-week suspended sentence after committing a foul-mouthed, bat-smashing outburst in Cincinnati.

He then exacerbated the allegations by accusing the ATP of being “corrupt”.

In an interview last month, he estimated his career penalties totaled around $550,000.

After Tuesday’s first round at Wimbledon, he was off another $10,000 for calling a linesman a “snitch” and admitting to spitting in the direction of fans.

Kyrgios claims he doesn’t get the respect he deserves and has so far proved combative at all three of his Wimbledon post-match press conferences.

With a picture of NBA villain Dennis Rodman on his sweatshirt, he countered Tsitsipas’ accusations by claiming the Greek was too “soft”.

“I just went out and attended Wimbledon and I did it. It was successful. Everything I did worked. I’m not going out to be his friend,” said Kyrgios, who insists that he is one of the most popular players in the dressing room.

Kyrgios may look paranoid but he’s burning for Wimbledon.

He’s blasted 68 aces in three rounds, dropped serve just twice and unleashed the third-fastest serve of the tournament.

Next is a totally opposite, emotionless Brendon Nakashima of the United States, who finds himself in uncharted waters of the Grand Slam round of 16.

In his ATP profile, Nakashima describes his worst quality as “being shy”, definitely not a character flaw of Kyrgio’s.

Win or lose on Monday, Kyrgios insists he will remain his own man.

“You have to watch me play the fourth round of Wimbledon. I also got a pretty good paycheck this week, so I don’t care what you think,” he said.

Is this entertainment? Like it or not, Kyrgios has his eye on the Wimbledon title

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