Nick Kyrgios vs. Andrey Rublev - 8/31/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Andrey Rublev vs. Nick Kyrgios
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Flushing Meadows)
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In the third round of the US Open, Nick Kyrgios is set to play against Andrey Rublev from Russia.
Nick Kyrgios has been in outstanding touch after winning the Citi Open last month. Kyrgios has been outstanding while serving and that was evident in his previous match where the Australian defeated Antoine Hoang in straight sets. During the win, Nick Kyrgios hit 24 aces which helped him win 71% of his service points. Kyrgios won 86% of his service points. In addition to his serving, Nick Kyrgios also received serve exceptionally well as he won 44% of his receiving points which resulted in him winning 6 return games. Kyrgios has looked in outstanding form and he should be very confident as he enters this match.
Looking at his opponent, Andrey Rublev has also been playing very well. Rublev had a simple match in the previous round as his opponent, Gilles Simon retired during the second set. Rublev was leading the match at the time of his opponent’s retirement. It has been a very strong tournament for Andrey Rublev as he eliminated the number 8 seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the opening round. In the past few weeks, Rublev has defeated elite opponents like Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, and Roger Federer. Such a record should ensure that Rublev enters this match with lots of confidence.
Andrey Rublev and Nick Kyrgios have played other once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the Kremlin Cup where Nick Kyrgios won in straight sets.
This should be a very close match since both Kyrgios and Rublev have been in outstanding form. That being said, I am going to pick Nick Kyrgios to win this match. Kyrgios has been playing on a different level and his serve has been too good for most opponents. I see this match going close to 5 sets with Kyrgios getting the eventual win.