Nick Kyrgios vs. Norbert Gombos
|Date & Time||Friday August 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
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Nick Kyrgios and Norbert Gombos meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Citi Open.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 85 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Kyrgios got 75 percent of his first serves in play and hit 15 aces. When Kyrgios is serving this well and not making silly mistakes where he throws matches, he can beat anybody on any given day and consistently compete for titles. For Kyrgios, it’s always about staying focused and playing to win. Unfortunately, you just never know what you’re going to get from Kyrgios on any given day. Kyrgios has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
Norbert Gombos is coming off a three sets win over Miomir Kecmanovic that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Gombos won 75 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Gombos won 62 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Gombos got 62 percent of his first serves in play and saved five of his eight break points. Gombos completely turned the match around after dropping the first set in seven games, and he served better as the match went along, which includes not facing a single break point in the final set that went the distance. Gombos has split his last four matches on hard court.
Kyrgios won the only match, which took place in 2017 Marseille. The match was decided in 18 games.
Gombos has seen almost no success on the main tour recently, so it’s going to take more than two wins for me to see any value in backing him. Kyrgios has looked sharp these past two matches, and while anything can change with him at the drop of a dime, this match shouldn’t pose much of a threat as long as he doesn’t do anything stupid.
I’ll side with Kyrgios in straights.