Following his first ever US Open main draw victory, 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios is through to the second round of the final Major of the season, where he will meet Italian No. 2 Andreas Seppi for a spot in the third round of the tournament. This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and will likely be another long contest for both.
The Australian youngster survived an attempted comeback from Mikhail Youzhny to defeat the Russian 7-5, 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(1). His win over the 21st seed marked his third over a Top 25 competitor since the Wimbledon Championships and will give him a boost of confidence heading into the second round of the tournament.
“It was a tough first match playing Youzhny, someone that’s played well here in the past and last year making the quarterfinals. I knew I had to serve well, and I hit 26 aces. Those are good stats. I was struggling a little bit about the two-and-a-half hour mark, but I knew that if I hung in I would get that second wind where I could start playing good tennis again, and that’s what happened in the fourth set.”
The young teenager’s upcoming opponent Andreas Seppi only needed straight sets to finish off his Ukrainian opponent Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. He hit 3 aces, 3 winners and won 71% of his first service points to close out the match in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and should make for an interesting test for Kyrgios, who flirted with disqualification in his opening round match. He will need to tame his emotion if he is to get past a veteran player in Seppi.
Prediction: Andreas Seppi in Five Sets