Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal square off in the round of 16 at the 2016 Rome Masters.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic and has yet to drop a set this tournament. Kyrgios is picking up some serious momentum after winning 11 of his last 14 matches and already beating five top-10 players this season overall. Kyrgios is really dominating his serve and doing a better job of limiting his unforced errors. Antics or not, Kyrgios is playing well at the moment and has a great chance to crack the top-20 for the first time in his career. Kyrgios is starting to become the dangerous player we all knew he had the potential to be. Kyrgios has never reached the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters with this being just his second appearance.
Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 18 games to decide. Nadal is currently playing some of his best tennis probably in over a year, as he’s won 14 of his last 15 matches. Eight of Nadal’s last nine wins have been decided in straight sets. Remember, this is the same Nadal who many were questioning if he still had it after his constant struggles towards the end of last season. Nadal has silenced those critics, as he’s playing some terrific tennis right now and that’s just in time for the French Open, a grand slam he’s owned throughout his entire career. Nadal has made the quarterfinals in all five of his Rome Masters appearances.
These two have played just once, and Kyrgios won that match in the 2014 Wimbledon. The match was decided in four sets, which included two tiebreaks. This will obviously be the first time these two meet on clay court.
I really like Kyrgios’ game and think he’s in great form to where he can make some serious noise the rest of the season. However, Nadal appears to be back on track and when you add the fact this is clay court, you’d be a fool to bet against him.
Give me Nadal in what should be a great match.