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Nick Kyrgios vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Tsonga vs. Kyrgios
Date & Time Thursday January 18, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
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Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 72 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios has been untouchable with his serve in 2018 and is putting a ton of pressure on his opponent to play a perfect match. While it’s still a small sample size, Kyrgios looks different this year, as he’s doing his part to hold serve and comes away with a lot of big points when needed on the return. We have yet to see the old Kyrgios who doesn’t really care and kind of just out their winging it, which is scary for the rest of the competition. Kyrgios has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time in his career. Kyrgios has won six straight matches on hard court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a five sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 50 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 85 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga didn’t start playing with energy until the fourth set tiebreak, and he still nearly lost the fifth set before making a monster comeback to steal the match. Tsonga is usually consistent and one of the better servers in the game, but he struggled big time with his second serve and looked nonchalant at times. It’s going to be interesting to see how Tsonga bounces back in this intriguing third round match. Tsonga hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time since last years Australian Open. Tsonga has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2017 Open 13, a match Tsonga won in three sets. The match took 31 games to be decided. 

I don’t like the way Tsonga looked in his last match, and truthfully, he probably should have lost that match in the fifth set after digging himself a monster hole. Kyrgios is off to a great start in 2018, continues to serve out of his mind and is using that Australian crowd to help him. As long as Kyrgios stays disciplined and doesn’t make a bunch of silly unforced errors, this is a match he can overpower a possibly tired opponent.  

Kyrgios wins this match in three or four sets.

Pick:
Nick Kyrgios

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