Citi Open ATP 500 winner Nick Kyrgios plays British number one Kyle Edmund in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal on Tuesday, August 6. The match will begin at 6.30 pm local time (or 11.30 pm BST). You can find the Nick Kyrgios v Kyle Edmund live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Nick Kyrgios v Kyle Edmund Head to Head
The two players have met once on the tour, and Kyrgios won that in a deciding third set. Their meeting was in 2018 at the Queen’s Club ATP 500 in London, on grass.
Kyrgios High On Confidence After DC Win
Australian Nick Kyrgios arrives in Montreal after a phenomenal week in the US capital, winning the ATP 500 Citi Open playing some spectacular tennis.
The Aussie, who is known to play his best tennis against the best in the sport is now 5-1 this year against top ten ranked players. In Washington DC, he defeated the two next generation players with the best record this year, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev’ in thrilling matches in the semi-finals and finals respectively.
Kyrgios continues to live up to his billing of being hailed by some as being the most gifted tennis player, after Roger Federer to have played the game. His run in DC last week has moved him up to number 27 in the rankings from number 51 and with not many points to defend in Montreal and Cincinnati in the next fortnight, he could be a seeded player at the US Open that none would like to run into late in the first week.
The supremely talented 24 year old has had a season that is typical of himself, with spectacular tennis, disciplinary issues, on-court histrionics, off court comments and two inspired weeks of matches resulting in two ATP 500 titles at Acapulco and Washington DC respectively.
Edmund Yet To Get Season Together
British number one Kyle Edmund had a breakthrough year in 2018, with his first Grand Slam semi-final appearance among other accolades, and moving into the top 15 of the ATP rankings for the first time ever. His 2018 season ended early as a result of injury, leaving a lot of promise for 2019.
This season has not been the one that all British fans and Edmund hoped for, however. The first half of the year, has mostly been a mix of indifferent form, early losses and injury concerns, interspersed with some positives (victories). Edmund, who was ranked as high as number 14 on the tour late last year, is currently ranked number 35.
Edmund has had an intermittent knee injury issue that has resulted in him withdrawing from tournaments, including the French Open.
With a big serve and one of the most powerful forehands in the game, Edmund will be looking to the faster surfaces for the rest of year to get back up the rankings.
The British number one was off to a good start at the Citi Open last week defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a classic three set encounter, but then lost unexpectedly to German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk in the quarter-finals.
Kyrgios v Edmund Predictions & Tips
The players are currently at opposite ends of the spectrum with regards to confidence. Kyrgios has just had what he referred to as one of the best weeks of his life, whereas Edmund has not really got any momentum going for himself all year.
That being said, a lot depends on the Kyrgios version that shows up on the given day, as well as how he is recovering from what was a physically demanding week. Edmund, on the other hand, when he has his game flowing can be a dangerous opponent with his shot making.
A good match on the cards, with a lot of variables that will decipher the outcome. Expect Kyrgios to win in three sets.
Tip: Kyrgios to win in three sets: 16/5 (888Sport)