Stefanos Tsitsipas beaten by Nick Kyrgios in the second round at Halle

Stefanos Tsitsipas is still on the run. Already beaten in the quarter-finals in Stuttgart by Andy Murray last week, the Greek was released prematurely from the Halle (Germany) table by Nick Kyrgios, this Wednesday (5-7, 6-2, 6-4). Far from reassuring on the way to Wimbledon (June 27 – July 10).

Greece had, however, made the best start against the Australian fantasy. In a first round where the two men solidly kept their commitment in the first nine games, Tsitsipas first missed two set balls to 5-4, before turning his opponent around a few minutes later. Still coming back 0-40 on his stint, at 6-5, Nick Kyrgios finally let go of his service, and the first inning, on a caviard volleyball service.

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The relief linked to the first man’s gain was short -lived for the 6th world player, delicately with his right shot and who lost his commitment from the heart of the second set. This advantage was not enough to calm the Australians, who were upset after receiving an overdue warning, recalling that Rafael Nadal had to wait many times, unless the latter was warned, in a similar context.

The 65th at ATP didn’t let up for much, taking advantage of two new fouls from his opponent in the seventh game to turn it 5-2 in the second set, and fold this game. Unable to find an effective solution to harm Kyrgios in the exchange, Tsitsipas, who kept the hope alive after a break from a delicious backhand, 2-2 in the third set, had must be resolved to ascend. And it was on a straight edge that the Canberra native started the adverse service, in the ninth game, dampening the hopes of the Greeks.

Despite 41 winning shots at 18 aces, Stefanos Tsitsipas is inclined once again before the semi-finals on grass, a surface he has not been able to fight since the beginning of his career (9 wins for 10 losses). Nick Kyrgios continues on his way to find Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the last square in Halle.

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