Radu Albot vs. Nick Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Monday August 27, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Albot +650 / Kyrgios -1000 -- Over/Under:
Nick Kyrgios and Radu Albot meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Nick Kyrgios enters this tournament splitting his last eight matches and continuing to look like the inconsistent player he’s been most of his career. Kyrgios is always a risky bet because you never know what player you’re going to get and how motivated he’s going to be. The good news is that majority of Kyrgios’ recent losses have come against respectable opponents, and he did hit 29 aces in his most recent performance. As long as Kyrgios is blasting free points and hitting his spots, he’s capable of beating anybody in the world. The issue is how bad does Kyrgios want to succeed on the big stage. Kyrgios has lost in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2016. Kyrgios is 4-5 in US Open matches, his lowest grand slam winning percentage of his career. Kyrgios has split his last six matches on hard court.
Radu Albot enters this tournament splitting his last 14 matches when you include qualifying and hopes to build on reaching the third round of last years US Open. Albot has almost zero singles success at 28 years old, but he has quietly won three grand slam matches this year and is usually very consistent with his service game when putting together winning performances. Albot has very good net skills due to his doubles background, and he enters this match with obviously zero pressure. Given some recent grand slam success, Albot could be a dangerous opponent in this match. Albot has lost in the first round in seven of his 12 career grand slam appearances. Albot has split his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
As sneaky as Albot has been this season in past grand slams, we have to be honest and say Kyrgios wins this match easily if he wants to. Kyrgios is lightyears the more talented player and is coming off a tournament in which he had his serve dialed in for the most part. It simply comes down to how seriously Kyrgios takes it, which is always the risk with betting on the Aussie.
I’m still taking Kyrgios in straight sets.