Andy Murray has dealt Nick Kyrgios another grand slam reality check to send the Australian No.1 packing from Wimbledon in straight sets.
Britain’s title favourite was in a ruthless mood as he dispatched Kyrgios 7-5 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes to end Australia’s interest in the singles for another year.
Bernard Tomic earlier suffered a disappointing 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8 loss to Frenchman Lucas Pouille as Australia’s hopes stalled in the fourth round.
Murray’s rout completed a grand slam sweep of wins over Kyrgios after he also removed the Canberran from last year’s Australian, French and US Open draws.
There was no telling the match would be so one-sided as the pair played cat and mouse for much of the first set as neither was able to make any inroads on their opponent’s serve.
Out of the blue, though, Murray conjured three set points after luring Kyrgios to the net before cracking a scorching backhand crosscourt winner to have the Australian down 5-6 and love-40.
Kyrgios saved two of the set points with monster serves, but surrendered the set with a forehand volley into the net.
The miss proved the beginning of the end for Kyrgios.
He fell 15-40 behind with backhand errors serving at 1-2 in the second set.
Murray again goaded Kyrgios’ forehand to induce a backhand volley error from his challenger to break for 3-1.
He then raced through the set to take a stranglehold on the match.
“He’s not even on the court mentally. He’s snapped,” tennis great John McEnroe said from his courtside commentary box.
“It looks like Kyrgios doesn’t really want to be out there.
Kyrgios didn’t even sit down at the changeover after dropping serve to trail 2-1 in the third set as Murray moved in for the kill.