It begins here. I have no doubts that in a few year’s time these two will be at the top of the men’s game and this is their first of most likely many meetings on the tour.
Between the two players I’d probably say that Nick is having the better year. He has picked his first title and has a steady season. Coric’s season so far on the tour has been difficult, he came into Estoril with a win/loss record or 11/11 which pretty much sums up his career win/loss record which before this week was 44/47.
Coric is only 19 so he does have his whole career ahead of him, he has had some great wins this last year or so but I think at times his game lacks composure. The intensity is there in his game and you see him fist pump after almost every point but can your game be too intense? When things don’t go your way then it can unravel quite quickly.
Out of the two I’d expect Nick to be on the front foot in the rallies and I’ve sometimes seen quite a few long rallies involving Coric and against the talent of Kyrgios it can go either of two ways, he can break down Kyrgios’ defences and force the errors from the Australian but if he brings his A game I don’t think long rallies would work with his great trickery and of course the power he can get behind the forehand.
My pick for this one has to be Kyrgios. He’s unpredictable but he’s had a really good season so far and I expect him to book his place in the semi-finals in Estoril for the second year running!