Tennis world erupts over Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas news

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Pictured left to right, tennis rivals Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios have set up a mouthwatering third round showdown at Wimbledon. Pic: Getty

Tennis fans have flocked to social media in droves after Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round showdown at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios found himself at the centre of another storm after his first round clash, but let his racquet do the talking in a brutal second round performance against No.28 seed Filip Krajinovic.

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The Aussie was slapped with a $US10,000 ($A14,500) fine for ugly behaviour in his first-round match after spitting towards a spectator he claims was being disrespectful.

After an investigation, tournament officials imposed the punishment following Kyrgios's admission that he had spat towards a spectator and called a line judge a "snitch" during an explosive win over Briton Paul Jubb.

He'd never looked a more complete nor more focused a player on the lawns of SW19 than he did in the trouncing of Krajinovic - and was quick to let the critics know it.

Kyrgios evidently felt this was a day when the sheer breathtaking brilliance of his tennis had quite muzzled his critics.

"I just wanted to prove to people that, like, I'm really good. I feel like I just don't have the respect sometimes," said this most complex of characters when he came to his press conference clearly armed with indignation at recent headlines.

"There was just nothing the media possibly could tell me I did wrong today. I just know that you can't possibly ask me anything and stir anything up.

"And I love it because then you can't write anything. What are you going to say? Nothing today. Dumbfounded all of you.

"It was just kind of a reminder to put you all back in your place.

"He (Krajinovic) made finals at Queen's, top 30 in the world, seeded. It's a gentle reminder ..."

He reckoned he wasn't bothered about any investigation into his behaviour, saying: "I just feel like I'm comfortable in my own skin. Some people, like, love to just tear me down. It's just not possible anymore.

Seen here, Nick Kyrgios playing a shot against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the second round at Wimbledon.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios put on a masterclass against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the second round at Wimbledon. Pic: Getty

"I couldn't care less if there is an investigation, to be brutally honest with you.

"I know what I bring to the sport. One of the most important people in the sport."

Fourth seed Tsitsipas had few problems in his win against Kyrgios' countryman, Jordan Thompson.

The Greek star trounced the Aussie 6-2, 6-3, 7-5, before turning his attention to the blockbuster match-up against Kyrgios.

"I feel like everyone here knows who Nick is," Tsitsipas said.

"We have had many great matches against each other. I respect him for his game and the way he fights when he wants to."

The third round match-up has left tennis fans licking their lips in anticipation.

with agencies

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