Noah Rubin vs. Nick Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 25, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Nick Kyrgios and Noah Rubin meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Atlanta Open.
Nick Kyrgios hasn’t played since making the third round of the Wimbledon, so he should have fresh legs and be more than prepared to make a deep run in what is a manageable draw. It has been a hit or miss season for Kyrgios, but he played his best tennis on grass court and is always a match or two from going on a tear and looking like one of the best players on the parent. A motivated Kyrgios is capable of winning a tournament like this, and he has success in Atlanta considering he won the title back in 2016. It’s just a question of what Kyrgios you’re going to get in a single match, as the Australian can beat anybody on any given day, but he can also throw a match away and look completely disinterested. The sport is more entertaining when Kyrgios is playing well. Kyrgios has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Noah Rubin is coming off a straight sets win over Thanasi Kokkinakis that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Rubin won 78 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Rubin managed to win 73 percent of his total service points and saved all three of his break points. Rubin was hitting the ball with great pace and will give himself a shot to win this match if he can serve again at such a high level. Rubin has now won nine of his last 13 sets played when you include qualification play, and he should be able to use the American crowd to his advantage. A 22-year-old from New York, Rubin has to like the energy he’s playing with right now and the big crowd that’s sure to follow for this match. Rubin has won three straight matches on hard court.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two players.
Rubin is going to make this match interesting if he can serve well, but Kyrgios is the better, more experienced player and is well rested. While motivation is usually a key factor for Kyrgios, he’s proven he takes Atlanta seriously and has a good track record here. Rubin isn’t the shotmaker needed to beat the talented Australian.
Kyrgios beats Rubin in two completive sets.