In the northern hemisphere, there is a colloquial saying for when things go badly that is expressed as, “Things going south in a hurry.”
In Australia then, is it then, “Things going north in a hurry.”?
At any rate, when things go badly for Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios, they do so quickly, regardless of compass direction.
Playing in the Chengdu Open in China, Kyrgios blew a one-set lead over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after winning the first set 6 – 3.
Anderson took the second set 7 – 6 (8 – 6) and the all-to-familiar collapse of Kyrgios was on. It took Anderson only 20 minutes to win the deciding set 6 – 2.
Anderson leaned on his big serve and found Kyrgios helpless to respond. He won three straight games from 3 – 2 in the final set and was back to the barn for a spell in well under two hours.
Elsewhere in China, Bernard Tomic booked a spot in the quarterfinals of the Shenzen Open by beating American Ryan Harrison in three sets, 6 – 4, 4 – 6, 7 – 5. Harrison was on a minor winning streak of three consecutive matches when he ran into Tomic.
Tomic has advanced at least as far as the quarters in eight consecutive ATP World Tour events.