Nick Kyrgios reached the second round at Roland Garros on Sunday in resolute fashion as he defeated Italian Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-4.
In a fiercely contested match, Kyrgios clinched the first set in a tie-break after there were no breaks of serve in the opening 12 games.
The volatile 17th seed then saved two set points, down 4-6 in the second set tie-break, before securing a two-set lead with a stunning backhand winner down the line.
The 21-year-old then completed the first break of the match in the fifth game of the third set, courtesy of a Cecchinato double fault. He went on to close-out out the game in clinical fashion.
True to form, Kyrgios never allowed the match to pass without incident.
During the opening stanza he yelled at a ball boy and was consequently reprimanded by umpire Carlos Ramos.
“A code violation for saying towel loud?” Kyrgios raged at Ramos.
“Now I’ve seen it all. That’s b*****t. Are you kidding?”
Kyrgios, who served-up 16 aces and 50 winners, now faces Igor Sijsling who beat Adrian Ungar 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Elsewhere on a wet day in Paris, Benoit Paire triumphed over Radu Albot in a five-set thriller while there were straight set victories for Teymuraz Gabashvili and Andrey Kuznetsov over Donald Young and Benjamin Becker respectively.
Kei Nishikori’s match with Simone Bolelli was badly affected by the poor weather in Paris on Sunday. When play was called-off for the day the former US Open finalist was in prime position to take the match. Nishikori claimed the first set 6-1 before winning the second 7-5. He is leading 2-1 in the third. That match will restart at 19:00 (HKT) on Monday.
Dudi Sela and Dustin Brown will complete their match tomorrow too. The latter holds the advantage their after bouncing back from losing the first set 6-7 (5) to win the second and third 6-4 and 7-6 (5) respectively.
In the last of the incomplete matches, Jack Sock and Robin Haase are locked at two sets apiece in what has been a hugely entertaining game of tennis.
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