Kyrgios blasts Stepanek out of Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios is through to the second round of Wimbledon after beating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 on Tuesday.

It was a performance that we have become all too familiar with from Kyrgios.

The troubled Australian talent showed glimpses of brilliance, petulance, dominance and fragility as he navigated his way past Stepanek, who was aiming to become the oldest man to win a match at a grand slam tournament since Jimmy Connors at the 1992 US Open.

Two breaks of serve for Kyrgios and only one to Stepanek meant the former took the opening set 6-3.

The second stanza saw more of the same as Kyrgios broke in the second game and was faultless in serving out the set.

The third saw Kyrgios lose his cool, yell out an expletive and receive a code violation as he failed to serve-out the match after grinding his way to a 5-4 lead. Stepanek would go on to win the tie-breaker.

In the fourth, normal service was resumed as Stepanek ran-out of gas and Kyrgios, seemingly fueled by his own anger, stormed to the finish line.

A trademark of Kyrgios’s play on the day was his ability to land his big first serve in play. The 21-year-old dished-up 29 aces.

Elsewhere during a busy morning at SW19 there were wins for Dustin Brown, Dennis Novikov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Mónaco, Richard Gasquet and Marcel Granollers over Dusan Lajovic, Luke Saville, Íñigo Cervantes, Japan’s Taro Daniel, Aljaz Bedene and Víctor Estrella Burgos respectively.

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