James Duckworth vs. Nick Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 1, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
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Nick Kyrgios and James Duckworth meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Citi Open.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a second round exit in Atlanta in which he was forced to retire due to a hip issue. Kyrgios mentioned that he had to get his body right and was forced to make the right decision to get healthy. It will be interesting to see how Kyrgios responds, as he’s scheduled to play both singles and doubles in Washington. Kyrgios enters this tournament losing three of his last seven matches and there’s always the question with what players you’re going to get on any particular night. Kyrgios obviously has the talent and ability to win this entire tournament, but his health is worth keeping an eye on before locking any serious money on him right now. If Kyrgios’ hip was bad enough to retire, I question if he’ll be able to handle double the workload a week later. Kyrgios has won three of his last five matches on hard court.
James Duckworth is coming off a straight sets win over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Duckworth won 91 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Duckworth won 81 percent of his total service points and wasn’t broken once in his impressive victory. Duckworth lost just three of 34 first serve points, and if he can repeat such a performance, he’s going to be a tough out in this match as well. Duckworth entered this tournament on a five-match losing streak, so that win had to feel good for his confidence. Duckworth now looks to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since challenger play in Japan. Duckworth has lost four of his last six matches on hard court.
These played once, which was in Brisbane of 2013, a match Duckworth won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to be decided.
Kyrgios and his health is in serious question, as there wasn’t a ton of time to recover from Atlanta, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here. Kyrgios is the much more talented player and usually plays his best on hard court where he can spray winners and serve his tail off. Duckworth has been awful the last couple of weeks.
Tread lightly due to Kyrgios’ hip, but the Aussie should win this match.