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Nick Kyrgios vs. Viktor Troicki 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Troicki vs. Kyrgios
Date & Time Tuesday January 16, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
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TV Channel
ESPN
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Nick Kyrgios and Viktor Troicki meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Rogerio Dutra Silva that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 76 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios looked like the player who won the Brisbane International, as he dropped very few points on his serve and converted on five of his seven break chances. I’ve said it before, if Kyrgios can remain in this form and ride this momentum, he’s going to be a serious threat to win this tournament. Kyrgios hasn’t reached the third round of a grand slam since the 2016 US Open. Kyrgios has won five straight matches on hard court.

Viktor Troicki is coming off a five sets win over Alex Bolt that took 50 games to decide. In the victory, Troicki won 76 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Troicki entered this tournament losing his last five matches, and the fact he struggled with a player barely ranked inside the top-200 doesn’t inspire much confidence. When in good form, Troicki is no pushover and can be a bit of a shotmaker, but he’s clearly in full struggle mode and you also have to question how much he has left after a marathon match. Troicki looks for his fifth third round grand slam appearance since 2016. Troicki has lost five of his last six matches on hard court.

These two have played once, which was in last years Canadian Masters, a match Kyrgios won in straight sets. The match took 15 games to be decided.

I said before that I put a bet on Kyrgios to win this tournament, and as long as he stays focused and remains in his current form, he’s going to be a tough out. Troicki has been awful recently and likely doesn’t have the legs this early in the season to rebound from such a draining match.

Kyrgios rolls in this contest, likely in straight sets.

Pick:
Nick Kyrgios

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