Fourth seed Borna Coric of Croatia will take on 13th seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the Round of 16 of the Murray River Open on Friday, February 5. The match timing is yet to be announced. Get the live streaming options of this Borna Coric v Nick Kyrgios match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Borna Coric v Nick Kyrgios Head to Head
This will be the fifth meeting between the two and both have beaten each other twice.
Kyrgios won their first matchup in Estoril in 2016, but Coric avenged that defeat in Cincinnati later that year. In 2018, it was the Aussie who got the better of the Croatian in Cincinnati, but Coric hit back, winning their most recent matchup in Miami two years ago.
Interestingly, their head to head has had a lot happening off court as well after the duo was involved in a Twitter spat over the organisation of Adria Tour.
Coric Begins With an Easy Win
World No 25 Borna Coric began his 2021 season on solid note as he defeated Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in the Round of 32 at the Murray River Open on Wednesday.
Playing for the first time in 2021, Coric, who received a first-round bye, needed an hour and 43 minutes to beat the World No. 86, 7-5, 6-4.
The fourth seed was allowed seven break point opportunities in the match and he capitalized on three of them. He also allowed the Finn six break point chances, but amicably saved five of them.
A two-time champion on the Tour, Coric is coming off a decent 2020. He came close to adding to his titles in Marrakech (2017) and Halle (2018) in St. Petersburg, but was beaten by Andrey Rublev in the final. It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for Coric in the tournament, having lost to Daniil Medvedev in the title clash in 2019.
Coric also delivered his best Grand Slam result last year, reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open before falling to Alexander Zverev.
The Croatian, who reached a career-high ranking of 12 in 2018, also reached the semifinal in Rio, before bowing out to Christian Garin.
Kyrgios’ Fighting Showing on Return
A day after battling past France’s Alexander Muller, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios notched his second win of the season, defeating fellow Aussie Harry Bourchier in the second round on Wednesday.
A former World No. 13, Kyrgios needed an hour and 26 minutes to dispatch the 25-year-old right-hander 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
Kyrgios struck 10 aces, and didn’t double fault in the entire match. He also didn’t allow Bourchier a single break point opportunity in the contest, while converting two of the six presented to him. There was a moment in the second set when Kyrgios got into an argument with the umpire for being called out for time violation. He walked off the court briefly, but returned shortly to win the contest.
Taking the court for the first time in almost a year, the World No. 47 will be satisfied to have begun well in Melbourne.
On Tuesday, Kyrgios had come back from a set down to beat Muller 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
The 25-year-old who is a six-time champion and three-time finalist on the Tour won two titles in Acapulco and Washington in 2019. He began 2020 with three wins and a loss at the ATP Cup, and followed that performance with a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal.
He returned to Acapulco to defend his title, but a wrist injury forced him to retire after the first set against Ugo Humbert, who had taken a 6-3 lead. That was the last action for Kyrgios in 2020.
Coric v Kyrgios Prediction and Tip
This will be a very close contest. Barring Estoril, all their previous matches have gone the distance. It would be interesting to see if Kyrgios can keep his cool through the match. Expect another three-setter.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)