Aussie tennis great's brutal move against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Sports Editor
·5-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Mark Philippoussis, pictured here working with Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of his clash with Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon.
Mark Philippoussis has been working with Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of his clash with Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. Image: Twitter/Getty

Stefanos Tsitsipas has enlisted the help of Australian tennis great Mark Philippoussis as he looks to take down Nick Kyrgios in the third round at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Kyrgios and Tsitsipas will go head-to-head in a mouthwatering clash at the All England Club with a place in the fourth round on the line.

'SHAME ON YOU': Fans rage over Nick Kyrgios and Rafa Nadal news

'OH MY GOD': Tennis world in frenzy over Venus Williams moment

And if the Greek World No.5 gets past the mercurial Aussie talent on Saturday, he might have Philippoussis to thank.

After taking serving tips from the former Wimbledon finalist at the Australian Open in January, Tsitsipas has invited Philippoussis back into his inner sanctum at Wimbledon.

'The Scud', who is of Greek descent, has been spotted in Tsitsipas' box at the grass-court grand slam sitting alongside the fourth seed's father and coach Apostolos.

He has also been spotted working with Tsitsipas on the practice courts as the 23-year-old seeks to improve his game on grass - his least-preferred surface.

While Philippoussis never managed to win a grand slam title, he did make the final at the US Open in 1998 and Wimbledon in 2003.

It took the great Roger Federer in his maiden grand slam final to stop Philippoussis from serving his way to the title on London's hallowed grass courts.

And Team Tsitsipas is only too happy to tap into the experience of the man who was known as 'the Scud' in honour of his missile serves, as they seek to toppled another Australian who can belt them down.

Mark Philippoussis, pictured here in the box during Stefanos Tsitsipas's first-round match at Wimbledon.
Mark Philippoussis looks on from the box during Stefanos Tsitsipas's first-round match at Wimbledon. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Kyrgios has 54 aces to his name in just two matches so far at Wimbledon.

"Mark is someone that I know since a long time now. We've been collaborating in the past a little bit. He's a good friend of ours. We also speak the same language," Tsitsipas said on Friday.

"There's good connection with him, which matters a lot. Not only on the tennis court, but I think he has good values as a person. Obviously, we respect him a lot.

"We also like being around him as a family, the Tsitsipas family. He has been a very good friend. We've been seeing him in other grand slams, too.

"He happened to be at Wimbledon. My dad offered him to be next to us. That's how it's going so far. Nothing more. Nothing less."

Stefanos Tsitsipas seeking first win over Nick Kyrgios

Tsitsipas is 0-3 in three career meetings with Kyrgios, including a three-set thriller in Halle a fortnight ago.

"Nick has more matches on me in these courts. He claims to like grass. I think his game is good for the grass," said Tsitsipas.

"I am definitely thrilled to be facing him. I respect him a lot, on the court, what he's trying to do.

"Although he has been a little controversial in the past, I think he's playing good tennis.

"I'm going to try and concentrate on doing my thing and pay attention to my own game from start to finish.

"Hopefully I can stay there and do something great, have a great competitive match against him."

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Halle before Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Halle before Wimbledon. (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

Filip Krajinovic, who made the final at Queen's Club in the lead-up to Wimbledon, was blown off the court by Kyrgios in a 6-2 6-3 6-1 thrashing in the second round.

"Was just unplayable with him. I've played with so many guys and I never really felt someone destroy me like that," Krajinovic told AAP.

"He was serving big, returning well, hitting winners - 80 or something per cent first serves, hitting two first-serves, everything in, what can you do?.... Nothing. That's the reality.

"With a game like he played against me, sure, he can beat anybody.

"Look at the stats, the guy was ... I dunno, 50 winners, 30 aces, two first-serves, second serves 200 kilometres per hour.

"I'm totally fine with it - if someone's playing like that, you just shake their hand. I was not even close."

with AAP

Click here to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest and breaking stories from Australia and around the world.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting