Tennis needs Nick Kyrgios, says Stefanos Tsitsipas after ‘antics’ filled Citi Open semi-final

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Nick Kyrgios smiling

Stefanos Tsitsipas says that tennis ‘needs’ Nick Kyrgios after the Australian dumped him out of the Citi Open in Washington.

The duo met at the semi-final stage and put on an incredible show, with Kyrgios eventually shading it in a third-set tiebreaker.

The match was not short of the usual Kyrgios ‘antics’, with rackets smashed, crowd interaction, and expressive celebrations seen throughout – and all that is fine with Tsitsipas.

“Nick, in my opinion, is underrated. I guess the rivalry between me and him, it looks bright,” Tsitsipas, who was the top seed for the tournament, said.

“Some people love him, some people hate him. I believe we need people like him in the game.

“Otherwise everything becomes too serious. He’s fun.”

For the second match in a row, Kyrgios offered an interactive experience for supporters as he served on match point.

The Australian went over to a member of the crowd and consulted him before winning the point.

“I just go there and I ask them where they want me to serve. And it’s two-for-two,” Kyrgios said.

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