Sparks fly as Kyrgios and Brown mix it

Fri Jul 1, 2016 5:45pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - A first match between Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown, rather like a scientist mixing together two volatile elements in a flask, always had the potential for something quite spectacular.

So it proved as two of the world's most unpredictable tennis players cooked up a five-set cocktail of whacky shot-making that had a sell-out Court Two crowd spellbound at Wimbledon on Friday.

Sparks flew and the textbook was shredded during two hours and six minutes of tennis, the like of which occasionally bordered on the kind of 'hit and giggle' fayre served up at exhibition events, not a second-round match at the most traditional of grand slam tournaments.

Incredibly, they rattled through five sets in two hours and six minutes, 15th seed Kyrgios prevailing 6-7(3) 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round clash with Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

It was tennis, but not as we know it.

Brown, the dreadlocked Jamaican-German who bamboozled twice champion Rafael Nadal with his serve and volley game in a second-round shock last year, conjured several contenders for shot of the tournament -- including an audacious between the legs drop-shot that defied belief.

For his part, Australian Kyrgios, a quarter-finalist on his debut appearance in 2014 when he also demolished Nadal, produced a mixture of sublime winners, meltdowns and histrionics which earned him a code violation for swearing.

"Don't spoil it Nick," one of his entourage said at the start of the third set, by which time a previously sanguine Kyrgios was beginning to boil after American umpire Jake Garner deemed he had failed to scoop up a Brown drop volley.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 1/7/16 Australia's Nick Kyrgios in action against Germany's Dustin Brown REUTERS/Toby Melville