Swiss maestro Roger faces the unpredictable Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the second singles match on Day 2 of the 2019 Laver Cup on Saturday, September 21. The match will start at 2:30 pm local time (or 1.30 pm BST). You can find the Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios live streaming options, head-to-head, preview and predictions here.
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Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios Head to Head
Kyrgios defeated Federer the first time they met at the Madrid Masters in 2015, in a match that went to three tiebreaks with Kyrgios winning the decider 14-12.
The two players have since met five times with Federer having won on all occasions. They have also met twice at the Laver Cup, once in each edition. While the Prague meeting was the deciding match of the tournament, where Federer won in a final tiebreak, the Chicago won was very one sided with the Swiss winning 6-3,6-2.
Federer Looks To Continue Strong Laver Cup Record
Roger Federer, who is player and co-organizer of the Laver Cup, has thus far contributed 13 points towards Team Europe in his Laver Cup matches, which currently remains the most by any player thus far. The Swiss has played four singles matches and remains unbeaten in singles, with a 2-2 record in doubles.
Federer has had an overall strong year in 2019. After a disappointing fourth round loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, the Swiss has reached five finals this year, winning titles at Dubai, Halle and Miami. He was also runner-up at Indian Wells, and played the epic Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, where he squandered championship points on his own serve at 8-7 in the fifth set.
The Swiss’ last appearance prior to this edition of the Laver Cup, was a quarter-final loss at the US Open to Grigor Dimitrov, where he was dealing with a back injury, that resulted in him losing in five sets, after being up two sets to one.
Federer was in action on day one of the Laver Cup, partnering Alexander Zverev in doubles, where they defeated Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov 6-3,7-5 to take a crucial 3-1 lead for Team Europe. The world number three mentioned that he had recovered from his back injury from the US Open and was fit and ready to go.
Kyrgios Looking To Pull One Back Against Federer
Australian Nick Kyrgios is back for this third appearance at the Laver Cup for Team World, and will be playing his fourth Laver Cup singles match. This will also be his third Laver Cup meeting against Roger Federer. The Australian has been a key personality for Team World both on and off the court, where he and American Jack Sock have won crucial double matches at both Prague and Chicago, as well as been key cheerleaders throughout.
Kyrgios has had another ‘Nick Kyrgios’ season, where he has had injury issues, early losses, poor performances, off-court comments, issues with the authorities, defeated a number of top ten players, only been beyond the fourth round twice all season, but won both those tournaments at Acapulco (ATP 500), and Washington DC (ATP 500) respectively.
Kyrgios has been very engaged and disciplined and at his best behavior in both previous editions of the Laver Cup and that was evident from the Team World bench throughout day one here in Geneva as well. The Aussie has a busy Day Two, with him playing singles against Federer, and then pairing up with Jack Sock to play doubles against Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Federer v Kyrgios Predictions & Tips
Despite a 5-1 record in favor of Federer, a Federer-Kyrgios match is one that all look forward to, Roger Federer included. This match-up has created some intense battles, and although Federer has got the better of the Aussie rather comfortably in their last two meetings, one can never rule out Nick Kyrgios. It is hard to predict what to expect, but if the correct version of Kyrgios shows up, we could be in for a cracker. Expect the Federer serve to be better than it was on Day One and the Swiss to win another singles match at the Laver Cup.
Tip: Federer to win: 8/15 (888Sport)