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Nick Kyrgios Clashes With Umpire Over Controversial Call At Murray River Open

Once again Kyrgios has been caught up in an on-court argument but this time he isn’t the one in the wrong.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has secured a place in the third round of the Murray River Open but his latest match has been overshadowed by a controversial call made by the umpire.

 

The world No.47 wasn’t afraid to let out his frustration towards the official during his 6-2, 7-6(7), win over Harry Bourchier. The confrontation between Kyergios and umpire Nacho Forcadell started during the second set after he was hit with a time violation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no ball kids on the court and therefore players have to get their towels between points. Under ATP rules, players are allowed no longer than 30 seconds between points played in matches.

Upon being issued with the time violation, a bemused Kyrgios criticised Forcadell and even at one point walked off the court in protest.

“Bro, I just started serving,” Kyrgios said.
“I was in my motion, what are you talking about?
“I’m not playing, I’m not playing.”

Kyrgios’ point that the call was made whilst he was in service motion is backed up by a video replay and therefore he was interrupted whilst playing. Something umpires are not allowed to do apart from some circumstances such as a second ball landing on the court.

“I’m not f***ing moving. It’s like you guys do it to just be funny,” Kyrgios fumed. “Bro, I was serving. Why’d you have to call it?
“Because the tennis is about the umpires, right? They come to see you. You’re an extra. You’re an extra for all of us.”

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Tournament supervisor Cedric Mourier had to be drafted in to help resolve the situation as Kyrgios continued to hit out at Forcadell.

“Tennis isn’t about him (the chair umpire). He’s an extra to make all this st go smoothly, so why is he doing this?” he asked. “I have to walk back and forth to get my towel now, so he’s a smarta* and calls it? And now I have to get fined for it, but I was playing by the rules.”

Controversy aside, 13th seed Kyrgios had set himself up with a clash against Borna Coric on Thursday. The Croat recorded a 7-5, 6-4, win over Emil Ruusuvuori in his second round match. The two have played each other four times on the ATP Tour with their head-to-head level at 2-2.

A tough one tomorrow, but first I have a dinner and some wine to drink.” the 25-year-old commented.

Due to both injury and the COVID-19 pandemic, this week is the first time Kyrgios has played a professional tournament in almost a year.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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