Jamaican-German player Dustin Brown lost to Nick Kyrgios in what has been called a “five-set spectacle” at Wimbledon. Brown beat Rafael Nadal last year [see previous post Dustin Brown Beats Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2015]. After losing, Brown defended Kyrgios, who was accused of using “foul language” (he was fined $3360 for saying “bull—-”), by saying “I was definitely not any better or worse at 21. The guy is 18 in the world. The guy is 21. Let the guy play tennis. I’m pretty sure in a few years, he will also have that sorted, and then he’s probably going to be even better.” See excerpts of The New York Times article below:
With no Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon this year, one had to settle on Friday for a match on Court 2 between two men who have upset Nadal at Wimbledon.
Not that Nick Kyrgios versus Dustin Brown was tennis to which Nadal could easily relate. For Nadal, a point is a prize to be earned with hard labor: meticulously, ponderously considered, with his shorts-picking and face-wiping before each serve, and then fiercely contested with all the corner-to-corner sweat and hustle a supreme baseliner and competitor can muster.
Kyrgios vs. Brown was tennis from another planet, the points, the winners, the errors and the running dialogue piling up at breakneck pace.
If not for the rain delays, still a Wimbledon trademark on the outside courts, it would have been entertainment perfectly suited to today’s limited attention spans. But even so, the two showmen required only a preposterous two hours five minutes of playing time to complete a five-set match.
That would have been speedy even for Kyrgios’s grass-loving Australian forebears in the days when players did not bother sitting down on changeovers and when serve and volley was the rule instead of the exception.
Kyrgios won this five-set sprint, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the third round and keep alive the very real and very enticing possibility of his facing Andy Murray in the round of 16. [. . .]
At times (a lot of times), it felt more like an exhibition than a Grand Slam match as the trick shots and the wild-swinging misses piled up. Brown ended up with the trick shot of the day: a between-the-legs half-volley drop-shot winner that was not just showboating, because he hit it after a net cord had forced a last-minute adjustment. But there was plenty of hot-dogging, too: routine shots made difficult, as well as difficult shots made to look ridiculously easy. [. . .]