Zverev vs. Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Thursday March 30, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Miami Open.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 77 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios has been serving very well this tournament and has been focused enough to win two of three tiebreaks. Kyrgios is playing some of his more consistent tennis in recent memory and has the potential to crack the top-10 for the first time if he can continue to play at this level. However, history shows you never know what to expect from Kyrgios, so we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here. Kyrgios has won eight of his last 10 quarterfinal appearances. Kyrgios has won nine of his last 11 matches on hard court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a three sets win over Stan Wawrinka that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 76 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has played six set in his last two matches and has been able to bounce back from dropping the first set in both matches. Losing just three games to Wawrinka in the final two sets combined was rather impressive. Zverev has played his best tennis of 2017 in this tournament and it’ll be interesting to see if it can continue against a youngster equally as talented. Zverev has won seven of his last eight quarterfinal appearances. Zverev has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match Kyrgios won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide. This will obviously be their second meeting on hard court.
This is going to be a fun and must-watch matchup between two rising stars and the future of this sport. Both athletic, hard harding and emotional guys who want to put on a show. Get your popcorn ready. As for picking a winner, I have to go with Kyrgios. He’s been the more consistent player this tournament and hasn’t had to work nearly as hard. Also, Zverev struggled big time returning Kyrgios’ serve in the last match, winning just 26 percent of return points. Kyrgios didn't face a break point all match.
I give the edge to Kyrgios, but this is going to be a fun one regardless.