Nick Kyrgios, Ajla Tomljanovic through to third round


On Tuesday, a linesperson was in his sights when Kyrgios questioned the official’s ability based on her age, and complained to the chair umpire that she was a “snitch”.

“Obviously the media’s disrespect and just everything, [today’s match] was just kind of a reminder to put you all back in your place from the performance today. [Krajinovic] made finals at Queen’s, [he’s] top 30 in the world, seeded,” said Kyrgios.

“It’s a gentle reminder.”

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios looks up after beating Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.Credit:AP

Asked on Thursday to define what represents a “good” performance – after Kyrgios boasted earlier this year about his ability on grass – the 2014 quarter-finalist said: “I didn’t want to remind people that I’m good. I know that I’m good.

“I just feel like people just don’t give me the respect sometimes because of other things that I do.

“There was just nothing the media possibly could tell me I did wrong today. I just know that you can’t possibly ask me anything and stir anything up. And I love it because then you can’t write anything.

“What are you going to say? Nothing today. Dumbfounded all of you.”

Unseeded coming into Wimbledon but self-described as the best grasscourt player in the world, Kyrgios said he was “locked in from the get-go”.

Tomljanovic shakes off lethargy to surge ahead

In the women’s singles, world No. 44 Tomljanovic moved towards another deep run at the All-England Club following last year’s quarter-final berth.

While Kyrgios now focuses on Tsitsipas, doubles with close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis is off the agenda after he opted to ensure to keep his body fresh.

Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates her win over Catherine Harrison.

Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates her win over Catherine Harrison.Credit:Getty Images

”I played nearly four hours in my first round. It’s just too much time on court. Today I made up for that,” Kyrgios said.

Tomljanovic is doing an admirable job stepping up as Australian tennis’s new women’s No.1 following the reigning champion Ash Barty’s shock retirement in March.

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She is yet to drop a set this campaign, conceding only nine games through two rounds

Tomljanovic had too much firepower for Wimbledon debutant Catherine Harrison, taking out the American qualifier 6-2, 6-2 in one hour, 26 minutes.

“Today was really good. I wasn’t feeling too sharp when I woke up, a bit lethargic. But maybe that made me feel a little bit more alert when I started,” she said.

“I didn’t know what to really expect from her, but I knew she had four great wins [including qualifying] to get to this stage.

“I played her actually in doubles at the French [Open] and noticed her serve was pretty good, especially from her height.

“It feels good to be in the third round again.”

Tomljanovic assumed control against Harrison after grabbing the first break of the match in a marathon 12-minute third game that featured 10 deuces.

She finally won the game on her fifth break point when Harrison, under relentless pressure, coughed up a double fault.

Shooting for the lines, Tomljanovic reeled off five games in a row and took the opening set after forcing the American into another error through the sheer force of her booming groundstrokes.

The world No. 45 nabbed her third break early in the second set to maintain the momentum before dropping serve for the only time to allow Harrison back on level terms at 2-2.

With AAP

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