Nick Kyrgios vs Frederico Silva - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Monday February 8th, 2021 / 4:00am EST
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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios faces Frederico Silva of Portugal in the First Round of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. The match is scheduled to be played on Monday February 8th, 2021 at 4:00am EST. They have never faced each other on the ATP Tour. Can Silva stun the Australian star here on his home court?
Nick Kyrgios is one of the most exciting and popular players in the world, but also the most controversial. He is perhaps the most talented player in the world but has struggled with commitment issues, anger/behavioral issues and numerous off court issues that have taken the attention away from his big tennis game. He has matured more and more over time but we are still waiting for when he finally puts it all together. He will surely be motivated to put on a show here in Australia after almost a year out, so it will be interesting to watch him over the next few weeks. He put together a few good wins at the Murray River Open before losing to Borna Coric.
Frederico Silva is not a household name to ATP fans, spending most of his time on the Challenger Tour. Now ranked #184, he was very impressive in the Qualifying event earlier in the year in Abu Dhabi, defeating three opponents ranked higher than he is. A solid baseliner, he has no major weapons which can spell trouble against a top player like Kyrgios. Silva tends to struggle with breaking serve at this level and that will be a serious concern against the big serving Aussie. He enters this match as a massive underdog, but against Kyrgios anything can happen.
Predicting Kyrgios matches is no easy task, as one is never sure what to expect. He can either be one of the best players in the world, or needlessly throw a match away for no apparent reason. That being said, he has shown flashes of newfound maturity and he will be highly motivated playing at home. I have him as a dark horse here in Melbourne and he should stroll through this match. Nick Kyrgios to win.