Dominic Thiem* plays Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the first singles match on the third day of the 2019 Laver Cup in Geneva. The match will be played at 1 pm local time (12 noon BST) and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Nick Kyrgios live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
(*Edit: Rafael Nadal, who was supposed to play this match, has been ruled out and replaced because of a wrist injury. Read more here)
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Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios Head to Head
The two players have met seven times, and there have been some intriguing battles, dating back to their first ever meeting when little known teenager Kyrgios defeated then world number one Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Nadal leads by a narrow 4-3 margin.
Nadal Looking To Seal Laver Cup On Day Three
After back-to-back matches during the night session on Day Two, Rafael Nadal is in the same situation on the third day of the Laver Cup. Nadal starts the day with the blockbuster doubles match partnering Roger Federer.
Right after that match, he plays Nick Kyrgios in the first singles match of the day. If Nadal is victorious in both matches, that will seal a third consecutive Laver Cup for Team Europe.
The Spaniard is in his second Laver Cup, after having played the inaugural edition in Prague, skipping last year in Chicago. This will be his fourth Laver Cup singles match as he comes in with a 2-1 record, having lost to John Isner in 2017. Nadal was in action on Day Two, winning his singles match against Milos Raonic, and losing the doubles, partnering Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The world number two has had a very strong season, winning the French and US Open tournaments and increasing his grand slam tally to 19, just one behind Roger Federer’s all time record.
With Novak Djokovic out with a shoulder injury, Nadal is in the running for a fifth year end at world number one, which would put him at par with Federer and Djokovic.
Kyrgios Looking to Improve Laver Cup Singles Record
Nick Kyrgios has been a formidable member of Team World at the Laver Cup, both on and off the court. While he has won all three of his doubles matches, he has a 1-3 record in singles, losing to Roger Federer on three occasions. In 2017, and on Day Two here in Geneva, the Aussie won the first set amidst a strong performance, making Federer dig deep, and eventually winning in a match tiebreaker.
Kyrgios who has been the center of a number of disciplinary issues with authorities and others on and off the court has stayed away from such at the Laver Cup, surrounded by the games greats, i.e. Federer, Nadal, Borg, McEnroe, Laver and others. The Aussie performs well on the big stage, and against the best of players and that trend has continued at the Laver Cup.
The 2019 season has been a rather disappointing one for Kyrgios, who won the ATP 500 tournaments at Acapulco and Washington D.C., but has not gone past the fourth round at any other tournament this year. At the majors, he lost in the first round in Melbourne, withdrew from Roland Garros, lost in the second and third rounds respectively at Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Nadal v Kyrgios Predictions & Tips
The first Laver Cup meeting between these two promises to be much the same as their meetings elsewhere, i.e. tennis of the highest quality, interspersed with drama. Both players will bring their best game, with Nadal on the one side, who has been atypically rattled by Kyrgios’ game and comments, and Kyrgios on the other, always looking to make a statement against a renowned player at a big event.
While the outcome of this match will be crucial for either team, it is likely to have more bearing for Team World and Kyrgios will be well aware of that. A high energy match on the cards, with Kyrgios to edge out the world number two and keep Team World in with a shot at winning their first ever Laver Cup.