Following a strong start to his run at Indian Wells, rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios has been matched up with in a riveting second round clash against world No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov. The outstanding match-up will be the first that these two competitors will play against each other, but is hardly going to be their last.
World No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a second round exit in Acapulco last week, as well as a similar result in Rotterdam before that. He began his season with a semi-final loss to Roger Federer in Brisbane and a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open. He is yet to find his top form this season but should be motivated to perform this week at Indian Wells.
“He’s one of the best players in the world right now and that’s why I play the sport, to have a chance to go out there and compete against the best players in the world,” Kyrgios said about his upcoming opponent. “I’m just going to go out there and have a lot of fun again.”
Kyrgios began his week in the American desert against Denis Kudla, whom he defeated in straight sets to earn his first win since the Australian Open. The 19-year-old has been out of action since reaching the quarter-final stage of the season-opening Grand Slam event, and will be looking to complete another impressive week at the Masters 1000 event.
“I’m just glad to be back. It was killing me not being able to play, especially after the Australian Open,” he said. “I was loving it. I had a good time back home, and I was ready to get back out there and start competing again. I thought I played really well for my first match back. He’s not an easy opponent. He’s playing some really good tennis, so I’m really proud of myself.”
This marks the first ever meeting between Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios and is certainly one of the matches that fans will be attracted to. Both players are entertaining, flashy players who know how to impress a crowd, while simultaneously producing strong tennis. Dimitrov should have the advantage against the player ranked 26 spots below him.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets