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Nick Kyrgios vs. Kevin Anderson 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Anderson vs. Kyrgios
Date & Time Thursday June 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Kyrgios -225 / Anderson +190 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Nick Kyrgios and Kevin Anderson meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 81 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios looked sharp in his opening round victory in which he hit 40 winners and converted on two of his three break chances. Kyrgios has never been his best on clay court, but he's been a rather consistent player the last several months, so he's certainly somebody who can make a run in this tournament give his current form. Kyrgios hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time in his last six tries. Kyrgios also looks for his third straight third round French Open appearance. Kyrgios has won five of his last eight matches on clay court.

Kevin Anderson is coming off a straight sets win over Malek Jaziri that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 80 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Anderson gave himself 14 break chances in the opening match and managed to win two tiebreaks. Anderson certainly isn't the player he was a couple years ago due to age and injuries, but he's showing there's still something left in the tank, which includes a semifinals appearance in the Estoril Open. Anderson hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the second time since 2016. Anderson also looks for his fifth third round appearance in the French Open. Anderson has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.

These two have met once in the past, which was in the 2016 Chengdu Open, a match Anderson won in three sets. The match took 30 games to decide. This will obviously be their first time playing on clay.

This could end up being a long match due to their ability to drop aces down the hatch and hold serve. Heck, in the only meeting between these two, only three breaks took place and Kyrgios got only two looks at break attempts. In this match, Kyrgios should win given he's the younger, more athletic and simply the better shotmaker. As long as we don't get the disengaged Kyrgios, he should be good here. While Anderson has shown improvement, he hasn't beaten an upper tier player in a while.

Kyrgios wins here.

Pick:
Nick Kyrgios

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