Although only three days of the first Grand Slam of the season passed, where players from a considerable pre-classification, and renown, were already eliminated. Such is the case of Monfils (10th), Bautista Agut (12th), Goffin (13th) or Wawrinka (17th) among men and Andreescu (8th), Kvitova (9th), Azarenka (12th) and Konta (13 °) on the women’s side. In addition to the eliminations, the tournament so far has an interesting number of matches that ended up reaching five sets. However, the one took all the flashes is the one that had Nick Kyrgios and Ugo Humbert as protagonists.
The The atmosphere that was generated around the Australian tennis player is impressive. Being the maximum local hope, full courts enjoy their great tennis that, when that is what he mainly focuses on, it is very difficult for there to be someone who can face it. In his match for the second round of the contest, the Frenchman Humbert was the opponent of the aussie. From the first moment, fans were felt and played a big role in what was a five-set battle, cheering on his player and Kyrgios doing the same with supporters.
Despite external support and a sublime demonstration of quality from Kyrgios, the Frenchman was not intimidated and played him as equals. Pressured by the level of his rival and by some unnecessarily lost points, the Australian could not control himself, exploded with fury and was penalized in the third sleeve, which would end up being in the hands of the European.
It seemed that the party was leaning towards Humbert’s side. In the fourth quarter he was able to get a break quickly to put the local in check. Nevertheless, Kyrgios had a constant that was present at every moment of the match: the public. With this one on your side, was able to overcome two match points, win the tiebreak in a categorical way and equalize the situation. Two equal in sets and the fifth to tie the tie and define the winner of what was already a war.
The Australian, with the clean and jerk of having lifted a match that threatened to escape, did not take his foot off the accelerator and broke his opponent’s serve in the third game. From then on, the goal of the oceanic tennis player was to maintain the serve to gain victory. He got it. He raised an adverse and exciting encounter to be able to get into the third round of the Australian Open, where he will play against one of the best in the world: Dominic Thiem. Local hope, for now, stands.