Round one matches don’t get better than this, Andy Murray one of the favourites for the tournament opens up his tournament against a potentially tricky opponent in Nick Kyrgios who has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons after his comments in the match v Stan Wawrinka in Montreal a few weeks back.
Nick was initially given a $10,000 fine but has been raised to $25,000 (massive fine…) and has also been given a 28 day suspended ban which lasts until the 24th February I believe and Nick will receive a ban if he clocks up more than $5000 in fines during ATP events. The US Open and Davis Cup aren’t an ATP event so fines wouldn’t count towards the ban at these tournaments and it is only possible for Nick to play 7 ATP tournaments from now until the end of the season before the beginning of next season where there are in total 13 ATP events from now until the end of the suspended ban time line.
Andy and Nick have met on the tour before with Andy currently leading their head to head 3-0 and leads sets played at 8-0 without dropping a set against the Australian. They have already met at the Australian Open and French Open this year in quite comfortably victories for Murray. I watched their match at Roland Garros and I was really disappointed. I was pleased Murray won but I was expecting a bit more of a challenge from Nick who seemed to get quite a lot of the basics wrong during the match making a high number of unforced errors and looked frustrated.
Nick can produce some simply stunning shots as we have seen in the past before but I do believe Murray has a more controlled and patient game and has the weapons to get the better of Nick with the backhand and of course the lob shot which we saw at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year when these two met.
Over a potential five set match I can only really see one winner in this one. Murray is playing some exceptional tennis right now with his win in Montreal and run in Cincinnati it does make him a contender and I do think he will have too much for Kyrgios. It will be interesting to see what reception Nick receives when he steps onto court after all that has been going on lately. After his win v Stan in Montreal he was then booed on and off the court when he lost to Isner in the next round. After all that has gone on recently it is time for Nick to do his talking with his tennis and show what a talented tennis player he is!