Wellcome To Watch Two rising stars go head-to-head in Montreal. Alexander Zverev, the 20-year-old German who is making waves in the sport with his first Masters title and now a top eight ranking, comes up against Nick Kyrgios, the 22-year-old Australian who arrived on the scene 3 years ago, but has stalled of late. They have met before, but with recent developments, an interesting match surely awaits.
Match: Alexander Zverev vs Nick Kyrgios
Competition: Mexican Open Finals 2019 Live
Kick-off time: 1o:00 PM ET
Kyrgios and Zverev have met on two occasions, both of which took place in 2017. Kyrgios won both matches. A spectacular performance got him across the line in Indian Wells. It was followed by a tight match in Miami which saw both players display some terrific shot making skills in a second set tie break.
However, Kyrgios never really recovered from his incredible performance in Miami. His semi-final against Roger Federer was one of the best matches all year but he’s struggled since. After the passing of his grandfather and the hip injury he suffered in Queens, it seemed like his struggles would continue. Considering his mid-match retirements in Wimbledon and Washington that looked set to continue. However, his performances so far in the Rogers Cup have been clinical.
Path to the Third Round
Zverev enjoyed a first round bye before beginning against Frenchman Richard Gasquet. He had to battle hard in that match as Gasquet played extremely well after a slow start. Having dropped the first set, he came back to win the second and threatened to take the match in the decider. However, Zverev played clutch in crucial moments, particularly his 49 shot rally to save a match point, which was one of three match points that he saved. Eventually, the German prevailed in three sets, with a tie break win in the last set.
Kyrgios’ destruction of Victor Troicki in the first round was a pleasure to watch. Troicki had no answers to the Australian’s impeccable serve and his all-court play. When Kyrgios broke Troicki’s serve in the first game of the match, the writing was on the wall. So it proved as the Australian fired himself to a 6-1 6-2 victory. Kyrgios pulled out all the stops with some spectacular passing shots and down the line winners. The same goes for his match against Paolo Lorenzi. His serve was lethal and Lorenzi could do little in his 2-6, 3-6 loss to Kyrgios.
How do they match up
There are some similarities to be found in the pair’s games. Both Kyrgios and Zverev have a booming serve and excellent groundstrokes. They move well and do well in crucial moments in the match. However, an important distinguishing factor is that Kyrgios’ game is more tailored to short rallies. Zverev, on the other hand, is not as good as Kyrgios at ending a rally quickly. This is in part because Zverev’s volleying skills need a lot of work. Kyrgios’ volleying is very technically sound, although he can be too casual. This factor might just be why Zverev hasn’t been able to win against Kyrgios. While it has improved, Zverev still needs to put in more work on his net game.
Most important to the match, however, will be which Kyrgios shows up on court. If Kyrgios tanks his match, it is obvious that Zverev will win. However, a motivated Kyrgios can beat anyone on tour, and Zverev will not be an exception. Also, it is important to note that Zverev has found the footing and the rhythm to perform better than ever of late.
Kyrgios in three. His game works very well against Zverev and he seems to be in good form this tournament. Moreover, the fast hard courts of North America are better suited to his game, and he has been in great form all week. If Kyrgios turns up then it is difficult to argue against him.