Stan Wawrinka vs. Nick Kyrgios
|Date & Time||Monday August 6, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Rogers Cup.
Stan Wawrinka is still clearly trying to find his footing since returning from injury, as he’s lost six of his last eight matches and just lost to Donald Young in three sets in Washington. Wawrinka is struggling with his unforced errors and is getting absolutely nothing on his return. The good news is Wawrinka is coming off a match in which he won 80 percent of his first serve points, so he’s at least getting his serve dialed in and putting game pressure on his opponent. However, it’s quite clear Wawrinka isn’t the same player he was a couple of years ago, and it’s not worth betting on him just because of his name. Wawrinka needs to string together some consistent success. Wawrinka has lost three of his last four matches on hard court.
Nick Kyrgios has been dealing with injury issues of his own, as he withdrew in the second round of Atlanta and didn’t play in Washington. It will be interesting to see if Kyrgios and his leg are improved, as I’m sure he’d like to get some reps under his belt before the US Open. Kyrgios was playing well before the injury, as he made the semifinals in London and looked good in Wimbledon before losing in the third round. But given the recent injury, Kyrgios is another player who is risky to back, especially when you add his motivation issues over the years. It’s worth checking on Kyrgios’ status and getting as much information as you can before placing a bit on the Aussie. Kyrgios has split his last six matches on hard court.
The last match between these two players was in the 2016 Madrid Masters, a match Kyrgios won in straight sets. The last four meetings have been split at two apiece.
Who knows if this match is even played, as Kyrgios seems dedicated to be 100 percent before returning the court, and he didn’t play in Washington. However, if Kyrgios is playing, he should win this match. Wawrinka has done nothing since coming back to believe he’s capable of beating a top tier player. Wawrinka is getting nothing on his return against average players, so you can’t expect him to do anything against the power shots of Kyrgios.
If this match is played, the Aussie wins.