Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios will begin his 2019 ATP Indian Wells Open in the second round where he will play against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.
It was a big opening round victory for Philipp Kohlschreiber as he won in straight sets against Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France. During the win, Kohlschreiber only lost 4 games which included a second set win to love. It was an impressive serving performance by Philipp Kohlschreiber as he won 79% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. Philipp Kohlschreiber also won 4 return games which established a comfortable win.
On the other side of the coin, Nick Kyrgios received an opening round bye due to his high seeding. Kyrgios enters this tournament in exceptional form as he won the ATP Mexican Open last week. In the final, Nick Kyrgios beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets. During the victory, Nick Kyrgios won 90% of his service games and broke Zverev’s serve on 3 occasions to comfortably win the match and the title. During his Mexican Open campaign, Nick Kyrgios got wins against the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner which shows that the Australian is in exceptional form as he enters this tournament.
Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nick Kyrgios have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2017 as a part of the Davis Cup tie between Germany and Australia with Nick Kyrgios winning in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Nick Kyrgios to win this match. Nick Kyrgios has been in exceptional form and with his recent win in Mexico, he is looking like a player with tons of confidence. Kyrgios is the strongest player in this match and I see him winning with ease.