The final of the 2019 men’s Mexican Open in Acapulco promises to be a blockbuster affair with the second seed Alexander Zverev set to face the resurgent Aussie Nick Kyrgios. The match will be played on Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 pm local time (3:00 am BST the next day). Get the latest Alexander Zverev v Nick Kyrgios live streaming options here.
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Alexander Zverev v Nick Kyrgios Head to Head
The two players have met each other six times on the ATP Tour and as of now, the head to head tally is tied at 3-3. However, it is Zverev who has won their last two encounters, both of which took place in 2018.
Kyrgios’ First Final Since Jan 2018
The 23-year-old Australian has so far had a sensational run in Acapulco. Starting in the second round, he has moved on defeated a string of top players in a display of sheer brilliance.
His first big victim was the Spaniard No. 1 Rafael Nadal, whom he defeated in three sets. After the match, Nadal offered Kyrgios some words of advice but the Aussie, in line with his character, did little to pay attention to the reigning French Open champion.
However, Kyrgios managed to back his big words with an equally terrific win over Stan Wawrinka in the quarters. He defeated the Swiss 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 to reach the semifinal. Sailing high on confidence, he next moved past John Isner in three sets. It was quite an interesting game that saw the night turn into early morning.
It is well-known that Kyrgios is a player who is often clouded in controversies but in moments like these, he manages to woo his spectators with some jaw-dropping tennis. This is also his best run of the season, given that he lost cheaply in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Delray Beach this year.
He also has winning experience over several top 10 players like Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, among others. Needless to mention, he can very well give Zverev a good fight.
Speaking of Zverev…
The World No. 3 has made it to the final in Acapulco without dropping even a single set. However, his opponents weren’t that formidable, to begin with. He started his campaign with a straight-set win over Alexei Popyrin and moved all the way through to the likes of David Ferrer, Alex de Minaur, and Cameron Norrie.
The last time Zverev made it to the final without losing a set was in the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals – a competition he won handsomely after defeating Djokovic.
This kind of performance was much needed by the German, who so far, hasn’t been that impressive. While his Australian Open campaign was a disappointment, he did make up for it by winning his Davis Cup ties.
Nick Kyrgios v Alexander Zverev Tips & Predictions
This is a fixture that is too close to call. The head to head tally of the two players is tied evenly at 3-3 and even though Zverev has more winning experience, Kyrgios has been in an astounding form of late. He has already defeated three top players and can very well dispatch the German easily.
It wouldn’t be surprising if this goes to three sets with Kyrgios coming out on top.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 11/8 (Betway)
With the same bookmaker, Kyrgios to win: 6/4.
You can watch & bet on Nick Kyrgios v Alexander Zverev on Saturday, March 2 here . The match is scheduled for 3 am BST (next day).