Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has again got social media on fire as the Twitter community blasted him for a lack of effort in his match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie. Kyrgios would eventually retire from the match when behind 7-5, 3-0.
In better news for the Australians, Matt Ebden had a comfortable straight sets win against Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus. The final score was 6-3, 6-2 and sets up a match against four-time Atlanta champion John Isner. Ebden has reached his second ATP 250 semi for 2018 after recently reaching the semis at s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands where he lost to Jeremy Chardy.
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Photo: ATLANTA, GA – JULY 27: Matthew Ebden of Australia serves to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 27, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Photo: ATLANTA, GA – JULY 27: Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus returns a forehand to Matthew Ebden of Australia during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 27, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
In the ATP Challenger tournament at Binghamton Jordan Thomson moved into the semifinals for the second straight year after he defeated Dominik Koepfer GER in the quarterfinal 6-4, 6-1. His semifinal opponent will be Laurynas Grigelis from Lithuania who is ranked at 224.
In the night session match between world no. 18 Nick Kyrgios and no. 73 Cameron Norrie. It was the Brit that opened the serving and held, Kyrgios quickly leveled the score at 1-1.
In game three Norrie double faulted at 30-15 to give Kyrgios a sniff but then closed out the game to lead 2-1.
At 2-2 Norrie double faults at 15-30 to give Kyrgios two break points, Norrie then got his serves in when it mattered and held serve.
Before serving at 3-4 Kyrgios took a medical timeout to have treatment on his left hip.
At 4-4 Kyrgios had a break point but couldn’t convert, games went with serve until 6-5 and Norrie broke Kyrgios for 7-5.
Norrie then got an early break and was out to 3-0 at which stage Kyrgios retired from the match and was booed from the court.
Below is some of the Twitter reactions. It was interesting to note that quite a lot of tweets in a language other than English were from people that mentioned sports betting. A lot of punters were not impressed with Kyrgios’ play.