Nick Kyrgios survived a nasty fall on his way to winning his rollercoaster five-set first
round Wimbledon clash with 21st seed Ugo Humbert.
Kyrgios, the world No. 60 from Australia, suffered a painful fall in the 13th game of
a dramatic fifth set, in a match that spanned across two days.
Wrong-footed by his French opponent, Kyrgios landed awkwardly on the turf after both
knees buckled and were left rolling around the grass screaming in pain.
But unlike Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court on Tuesday,
Kyrgios, who faces Italy’s Gianluca Mager next, was able to finish his match and soon
broke before serving out a famous 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 9-7 win.
This was Kyrgios and Humbert’s second five-set thriller of the season.
The first came in the second round of the Australian Open – the only other major
tournament Kyrgios has attended in the past 18 months – when the home favourite
triumphed 6-4 in the decider.
A first meeting at Wimbledon had sparked to life a night earlier. Kyrgios was typically
magnetic, blasting huge serves, pulling out tweeners, complaining about the speed of the
court and urging the crowd to turn up the volume.
Humbert, the 21st seed, went about his business more quietly but with no less quality.
An excellent grass-courter – he picked up a title at tune-up event Halle – he went toe-to-
toe with Kyrgios, who describes himself as one of the best in the world on this surface.
The pause button was pressed at 10.55 pm on Tuesday night after two hours and 44
minutes of electric action under the roof, with the pair locked at 3-3 in the fifth.
Boos rang around Court 1 with fans left bemoaning The Championships’ 11 pm curfew
but those with tickets on Wednesday were treated to its conclusion.