Kyrgios vs. Ferrer
|Date & Time||Saturday August 19, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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David Ferrer and Nick Kyrgios meet Saturday in the semifinal of the 2017 Cincinnati Masters.
David Ferrer is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Ferrer won 86 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Ferrer has won his last five sets and is coming off a match in which he dropped just nine of 42 service points. Ferrer has had an up-and-down season all year, but he’s playing his most consistent tennis right now that includes a Swedish Open title last month. As long as Ferrer’s serve holds up, he has to like his chances to reach another final. However, Ferrer has lost eight of his last nine semifinal appearances. Ferrer hopes to make his second final appearance of the season and the 53rd in his career. Ferrer has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Rafael Nadal that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 86 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios had his struggles during clay and grass season, but he’s been consistent on hard court and is coming off possibly his biggest win of the season. Kyrgios has beaten three top-30 players this tournament and now has three wins over top-10 players this season overall. If Kyrgios can continue to hit his spots and keep his head on straight, he has a great chance to win his fourth title of his career. Kyrgios hopes to make the fifth final appearance of his career and the first since last years Japan Open. Kyrgios has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two have payed once before, which was in the 2013 US Open, a match Ferrer won in straight sets. The match took 29 games to decide.
This is a bad match for Ferrer assuming Kyrgios is going to continue playing the way he has this tournament. Of course, you never know which Kyrgios is going to show up, but this is his match to lose. Ferrer doesn’t have the tools to counter Kyrgios, and his grind it out style doesn’t fly against guys who hit with power and elite shotmaking.
Kyrgios should breeze to the Cincinnati Masters final.