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Nick Kyrgios facest his biggest test for a long time against one of the world’s best in Daniil Medvedev tonight at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the action from 7pm (AEDT).
After a straight-sets win over Liam Broady on Tuesday night, we know that Nick Kyrgios is in good condition, following his COVID setback, and is hitting the ball well.
However, he will need to lift his game to another level if he hopes to upset World no 2, Russian Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev is also coming off a comfortable first round win but would view this match as a potential stumbling block.
That’s because Kyrgios leads the head to head 2-0, both in 2019. Kyrgios defeated Medvedev in straight sets in Washington on hard court and in three sets in Rome on clay.
Medvedev has improved since then of course whilst Kyrgios has endured a less than perfect preparation.
However, in front of a home crowd, Kyrgios will be looking to put on a show. Medvedev will need to play well to see off the challenge.
Not that long ago, playing Kyrgios in Australia may have brought out the ugly side in Medvedev.
However, I think he has matured over the last few years and, in Novak Djokovic’s absence, would see himself with a big chance of grabbing another major.
Kyrgios may snag a set but I can’t see him winning the match.
Daniil Medvedev in four sets.
Venue: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Start Time: 7:10pm approximately (AEDT)
TV/Stream: Channel 9, 9Now, Stan Sport
Betting: Kyrgios: $6.10; Medvedev: $1.12 (odds via PlayUp)