One of the more intriguing match-ups scheduled to take place at the Rexall Centre in Toronto is the first round encounter between Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios and resurgent Colombian Santiago Giraldo. This is the first time these two athletes will step across the net from each other, which only adds to the intrigue.
Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios enjoyed a breakthrough moment at the Wimbledon Championships last month when he toppled two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the tournament. It was a remarkable win for the youngster, who had never beaten a Top 10 competitor in his short career and arrived at SW 19 with a 1-5 record on the professional tour. The win also propelled him from No. 144 to No. 69 and he was immediately offered a wildcard into the main draw of the Rogers Cup.
Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo has been quite busy since his third round exit at the Wimbledon Championships, as he reached the quarter-final in Stuttgart, the third round in Hamburg and the quarter-final of the Citi Open in Washington to raise his ranking to No. 30. His last match was against the tournament’s eventual finalist Vasek Pospisil, whom he lost to in three sets over two consecutive days of playing.
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the ATP World Tour and should make for an entertaining affair at the first Masters event of the hard court season. Giraldo has been far more active over the past month, which should benefit him against a potentially rusty Kyrgios.
Prediction: Nick Kyrgios in Three Sets