Kyrgios vs. Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Sunday August 20, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios meet Sunday in the final of the 2017 Cincinnati Masters.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over John Isner that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 83 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov managed to beat Isner in back-to-back tiebreaks to advance to the biggest final of his career. Dimitrov has now won his last eight sets and has been broken just once this entire tournament. Dimitrov seems to be far more comfortable with his shot selection and is doing less thinking than usual, which is resulting in less bizarre errors. When Dimitrov is just going off instincts, he’s proven he can hang with anybody on tour. Dimitrov looks to win his third title of the year and his seventh title of his career. Dimitrov is 4-4 in his career in final appearances on hard court. Dimitrov has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over David Ferrer that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 90 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios has now won his last six sets and is coming off a match in which he won 60 of 85 total service points. Kyrgios has been money on hard court pretty much all season long and is enjoying his best tournament since making the semifinals in Miami. Kyrgios looks motivated and committed on winning his biggest tournament yet, and it seems like the antics are gone, at least for now. Kyrgios looks for his first title since last years Japan Open and his fourth title of his career. Kyrgios is 3-0 in final appearances on hard court. Kyrgios has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2015 Indian Wells Masters, a match Dimitrov won in three sets. The match took 32 games to decide.
Both of these guys are going to show up considering this is the biggest final either one of them have reached. A win helps either one in the confidence department. This is a tough match to predict given the form of both players and the fact both can match each others talent level. It’s not like either one is going to be able to blow the other off the court. I've gone back and forth with my prediction. However, if forced to pick, I’m siding with Dimitrov because of the rest advantage. While Kyrgios has more firepower and is probably the more talented player, this is a quick turnaround for somebody who played until 9:30 at night. Dimitrov should have far more in the tank to be able to edge this one out.
Wouldn't be shocked if this goes either way, but I give the edge to Dimitrov.