Tsitsipas ruthless in straight sets win over Thompson

Wimbledon, July 1:

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek world No.5 and one of the game’s great thinkers overwhelmed Jordan Thompson, Australia’s world No.76 and the proud wearer of the locker room’s best moustache 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in a second round Wimbledon tennis match on Thursday.

“I have to say, it was a great match today. I’m really happy I got the crowd involved and had them by my side. I’m not a Brit but I really felt the love of the crowd and that pushed me to the limit,” a very happy Tsitsipas said.

Not a murmur from the stands, no line-call query, not even the grass itself.

Nothing could impede, much less derail, an unflinching Nick Kyrgios on his way past Wimbledon’s No.26 seed Filip Krajinovic on No.2 Court on Thursday.

Merciless and clinical throughout the 85-minute affair, the 27-year-old sounded his most comprehensive reminder yet just how seriously he should be considered in title considerations this fortnight.

“Obviously nerves, I think just getting over the line in that first round was massive,” Kyrgios said following the 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 triumph.

Twelve months ago, Katie Boulter got her first taste of Centre Court and left a lasting impression on her home crowd when she pushed world No.4 Aryna Sabalenka to her limits before succumbing in three close sets in the Wimbledon second round.

On Thursday, at the All England Club, the opportunity presented itself once again and this time world No.118 Boulter did not flinch, storming to a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 triumph over last year’s finalist, the No.6 seed, Karolina Pliskova.

Simona Halep, the No.16 seed, was pushed all the way by Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens before clinching victory on No. 2 Court, 7-5, 6-4.

The 36-year-old Flipkens, making her 50th and final Grand Slam appearance, led by three games in both sets but was chased down on each occasion by the 2019 ladies’ champion.

World number one Iga Swiatek overcame a second set loss to beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of The Netherlands a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to move into the last 32.

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