Kyrgios vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Friday March 31, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Federer -175 / Kyrgios +150 -- Over/Under:
Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.
Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off an emotional match where it looked like he was going to cruise and then found himself in a third set tiebreak. Still, Federer continues to find ways to win and still converts on the biggest points more times than not. Federer’s play suffocates his opponent, and he waits for them to make the mistake that ends the match. Federer hopes to make his 139th career singles final and third this season. Federer hopes to make his first Miami Open since the 2006 season. Federer has won 10 straight matches on hard court.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a three sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 79 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios continues to show this improved play where he stays focused for most of the match and doesn’t have these mental lapses where he throws games away. Kyrgios in this form is extremely dangerous and a treat for any tennis fan who enjoys quality play. Kyrgios has 12 career victories over top-10 players and two of them have come this season. Kyrgios looks to reach his fifth career singles final and first since the 2016 Japan Open. Kyrgios has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2015 Madrid Masters, a match Kyrgios won in three sets. This will obviously be the first match on hard court.
I’m happy we get this match after being robbed of it a couple of weeks ago when Kyrgios withdrew due to food poisoning. Kyrgios has the ability to beat anybody in the world with the way he’s playing and is always tempting as an underdog. However, you have to ride the consistency and experience with Federer. He’s as solid as they come and pounces on any mistake his opponent makes.
Should be a fun match, but Federer will have the edge.