The match had been suspended overnight perfectly balanced at 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 3-3 as a delay in the proceedings due to rain meant their match was moved to the covered court 1 at the end of the day.
However, the pair delivered one of the most entertaining games in the championship so far in the two days. There were several defining moments and the crowd did not want to leave on Tuesday.
“I really enjoyed being there. Once again, he’s a hell of a player. It could have gone completely his way. There were only a few points of failure. He’s going to do special and special things in this sport, ”Kyrgios said at a press conference after the match.
“I arrived four days before the start of the event. I don’t know what day it was. Yeah, listen, a lot of people were telling me that there was no way there was no point in you taking part in this short prep.
“I’m not afraid of anyone in the draw. I know if I believe and I feel good mentally, I know what I’m capable of. “
Kyrgios beat Humbert at the Australian Open in February, drawing the two on a face-to-face record with Humbert beating him in Acapulco in 2020.
The 26-year-old Australian’s serve saw him dominate Humbert in the first set, but he became frustrated in the second and third as the Frenchman gained a foothold in the game.
Kyrgios complained about the surface on Court One – a topic of debate throughout this year’s Wimbledon Championships as a number of players have struggled to keep their footing more and more difficult – and said that the game was slower because of this.
“Guys, for you guys watching at home, it should be quick in here.” It should be quick, it’s lawn tennis, ”Kyrgios mumbled.
“They slowed down. It is no longer grass. It’s slow. Slow.
“Try to water it. Make it a grass pitch again, thank you. “
Humbert went on to win the set, but the drama of the evening was not over as Kyrgios served four aces in a row to start the fourth set. He continued to tap into the energy of the crowd and sent the game to a fifth set.
With only half an hour left, it looked unlikely for the game to end overnight despite Kyrgios’ best attempts to serve quickly and settle the game.
The pair then returned to the pitch the next day and despite admitting to suffering after the previous night’s sets, Kyrgios was fierce.
However, a heavy fall at the end of the fifth set was enough to worry both Kyrgios and the crowd, especially after Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino were forced to retire with slip injuries the day before.
“Yes, my hip is fine,” Kyrgios said.
” Very lucky. Obviously, it’s devastating to see some big names come out because of an injury like a slip on the pitch. Mannarino was organizing a big game against Federer. Obviously, seeing the legendary Serena fall is not easy. I am very lucky that there is nothing too serious. “
He stood up cautiously and continued the game.
The players traded tac matches before Kyrgios finally managed to break Humbert to bring the set to 8-7 and serve him for the game.
Humbert didn’t give up and at one point he was 40-15 ahead of the Australian, but Kyrgios brought him back to match point, which he got.