Silva vs. Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Monday January 15, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Nick Kyrgios and Rogerio Dutra Silva meet in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios enters this tournament in probably better form than anybody, as he’s fresh off winning the Brisbane International, which includes wins over Grigor Dimitrov and Ryan Harrison. Kyrgios has been serving out of his mind so far this season and is a threat to make a deep run if he can remain in that form. The obvious concerns with Kyrgios is if he can remain focused and determined. Kyrgios also spent much of the tournament with a heavily wrapped leg, so it’s going to be interesting to see if that’s still an issue. Either way, a motivated Kyrgios is as dangerous as any player in the field. Kyrgios has been bounced in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2016. Kyrgios has won eight of his last 11 matches on hard court.
Rogerio Dutra Silva enters this match 2-1 on the season, as he made the round of 32 in Auckland that included a win over a top-100 player in Lukas Lacko. Silva has had very little success on the ATP level, but he did win two challenger titles last season and did win a doubles title in last years Brasil Open. Silva also beat Jared Donaldson last season in his first and only appearance in the Australian Open, so the Brazilian can’t be overlooked. Silva has made it out of the first round of a grand slam five times in his career. Silva has split his last eight matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
I have some money invested in Kyrgios to win the Australian Open, and with +1600 odds, there’s room to hedge if need be. I like the way Kyrgios looked in his most recent tournament, and he’s a threat to beat anybody if he stays focused and continues to dominate with his serve. There’s also the home crowd advantage for Kyrgios in this tournament.
Assuming Kyrgios is serious and wants to turn the corner, proving his critics wrong, Rogerio Dutra Silva has little chance in this match.