Gasquet vs. Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Friday May 27, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Nick Kyrgios and Richard Gasquet square off in the third round of the 2016 French Open.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Igor Sijsling that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 80 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios continues to win 80 percent of his first serve points, and he’s now racked up 27 aces in his first two matches. Kyrgios is also coming off a match in which he had just 13 unforced errors, as he’s clearly starting to the turn the corner in his career and play more focused. When Kyrgios keeps a level head and doesn’t beat himself, he can go toe-to-toe with anybody. Kyrgios hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in his career.
Richard Gasquet is coming off a straight sets win over Bjorn Fratangelo that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 73 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet is coming off a match in which he simply dominated his service game and controlled the match from start to finish despite a second set tiebreak. Gasquet has been pretty consistent as of late and has racked up 65 winners in his first two matches. Gasquet has shown in the past that he has a sneaky run in him when he’s hitting the ball the way he currently is. Gasquet hopes to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth straight time.
These two have played six times, and Gasquet has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Marseille Open, a match Kyrgios won in 16 games. This will be the fifth meeting between these two since 2015.
Gasquet has the clear head to head advantage, but Kyrgios thrashed him in their last meeting. And if we’re being honest, Kyrgios is the more talented player and could give Gasquet issues with his athleticism, serve and shotmaking ability. I like this new focused Kyrgios we’ve been seeing recently.
Give me Kyrgios to win a competitive match.