The 28th seeded temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios will take on USA’s Steve Johnson. The match is yet to be scheduled but is expected to be played on Monday. You can find the Nick Kyrgios v Steve Johnson live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Nick Kyrgios v Steve Johnson Head to Head
This will be their second meeting with Johnson having won the only previous time they met earlier at the 2017 Shanghai Masters. He was leading by a set in the first match and Kyrgios retired from the match after that.
Two Title Wins & a Few Bust-Ups for Kyrgios
There was a victory at Acapulco and that was followed by one at the Washington Open recently but between all that the Aussie has fluctuated between extremes. There has been a sublime display of tennis at times but at others, Kyrgios has lost the plot.
So much so that he was fined more than $100,000 at the Cincinnati Masters for a variety of transgressions including calling the chair umpire a tool and for smashing a couple of racquets. He has been asked to reconsider his behaviour by former greats, including Mats Wilander but how will he respond to that is a big question.
Kyrgios has never made it past the third round at the US Open either. It’s not a tournament he has relished playing too much with three first round ousters in six appearances. In fact he has been sent packing in round one in every other year from 2013, so that’s a record he will definitely want to turn around.
Johnson’s Poor Year Has Seen Him Fall to 82nd
At the time of writing, Johnson will be feeling slightly more confident than what he might have throughout the rest of the year. Three successive first round losses to begin the year was followed by another run that saw him lose five in a row.
There were also back to back first round exits at the first two majors before he found respite at Wimbledon earlier this year where he reached the third round. And that was followed by another couple of opening defeats, the pain soothed only by that balm that went by the name of a title win at Aptos Challenger.
Which is why, winning three back to back matches at Winston-Salem should go a long way in restoring some confidence from when he was 21st in the world. However, facing Kyrgios could be a slightly more difficult proposition than he has endured at Winston-Salem.
Kyrgios v Johnson Predictions & Tips
It comes as no surprise that the Aussie is 1/2 to win the match – in fact I would have had him at far shorter odds – which is why I will have no hesitation in picking Kyrgios as a winner here. Only question is whether Kyrgios can make short work of his opponent by winning in straight sets, which I think could be the case.
Tip: Kyrgios to win in three sets: 11/5 (888Sport)