Gasquet through and Kyrgios booed


Published: Monday 6th July 2015 by The News Editor

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Richard Gasquet took advantage of a Wimbledon strop from Nick Kyrgios to avenge last year’s second-round defeat to the Australian and reach the quarter-finals.

The Court Two crowd booed Kyrgios as he appeared to deliberately lose the third game of the second set, with the 20 -year-old having been riled at being handed a code violation for swearing by umpire James Keothavong.

He showed only slightly more appetite for the rest of the second set, and went on to lose the match 7-5 6-1 6-7 (7/9) 7-6 (8/6).

The combustible Canberra native did not bother swinging his racquet at two serves, which he let pass for aces, and meekly swished another two into the net, in an act of sporting surrender rarely seen on the tennis court.

Kyrgios could face a heavy fine from the International Tennis Federation over his antics. He also sparred with Keothavong over switching his socks at the first changeover in the third set.

The umpire looked to think he was taking too long, with Kyrgios saying: “If you’re going to get angry with me for that, that’s another level. Mate, Rafa (Rafael Nadal) and stuff play 30 seconds in between points every time and all I’m doing is putting my sock back on.”

In an always eventful Court Two clash, Gasquet smashed his racquet at the end of the third set, after squandering two match points, having let nine slip by when losing to Kyrgios 12 months ago.

“Everybody could understand why I was frustrated,” Gasquet said afterwards, accepting he could also face a fine.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil reached his first grand slam quarter-final by upsetting Viktor Troicki on Court 12, fighting back from two sets behind to oust the Serbian 22nd seed 4-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-3 6-3.

While Kyrgios headed away to cool off and to play mixed doubles with Madison Keys, Gasquet addressed the question of his opponent’s errant behaviour.

“He was a little bit angry, a little bit frustrated, I saw that,” said the 21st seed from France, who reached the semi-finals in 2007.

“I knew in the third set, it could be a different game.

“Sometimes it happens. He’s not the only one to do it. Even the best player in the world did it in the past.

“It’s true, he give me a little bit (in the second set). But I knew actually it wouldn’t be the same in the third and fourth.

“It’s good when the opponent is not playing good, is doing some mistakes. It’s good for me. I have nothing to complain about it.”

Published: Monday 6th July 2015 by The News Editor

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