Wimbledon 2021 Nick Kyrgios locked in five-set classic as curfew halts play


Nick Kyrgios and Ugo Humbert will have to continue their last epic battle on Wednesday as play was suspended at Wimbledon on Tuesday due to a curfew with the game at 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 3- 3.

The pair were scheduled to play on one of the outdoor courts earlier in the day, but their match was moved to Cover One at the end of the day due to heavy rain which resulted in several games being postponed.

However, the pair delivered one of the most entertaining games in the championship so far with several important moments and a crowd unwilling to leave.

Kyrgios beat Humbert at the Australian Open in February, which tied the two on a head-to-head record with Humbert beating him at Acapulco in 2020.

The 26-year-old Australian’s serve saw him dominate Humbert in the first set, but he became frustrated in the second and third as the Frenchman gained a foothold in the game.

Kyrgios complained about the surface on Court One – a point of debate at Wimbledon today as a number of players have increasingly struggled to keep their balance – and said play was slower at because of that.

“Guys, for you guys watching at home, it should be quick here. It should be quick, it’s lawn tennis,” Kyrgios mumbled.

“They slowed down. It’s not grass anymore. It’s slow. Slow.

“Try watering it. Make it grass again, thank you.”

Humbert went on to win the set, but the drama of the evening was not over as Kyrgios served four aces in a row to start the fourth set. He continued to tap into the energy of the crowd and sent the game to a fifth set.

With only half an hour left, it looked unlikely for the game to end overnight despite Kyrgios’ best attempts to serve quickly and settle the game.

Instead, the two will hit the pitch again on Wednesday, perfectly ready to go either way with the final set balanced 3-3.


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