Nick Kyrgios has been in the news for the wrong reasons but will look to refocus the attention back on his tennis when he plays Richard Gasquet on Tuesday. Check out the Gasquet vs Kyrgios Head to Head matches.
The Aussie received a fine for his comments in his match against Stan Wawrinka, one of a number of misdemeanours from the talented 20 year old in recent months. Another of those came when he last faced Gasquet in a four set loss at Wimbledon this year with tanking allegations aimed at Kyrgios during the second set of that match. In the midst of the controversy, Kyrgios stepped onto court the next day to take on John Isner and was soundly beaten in straight sets.
All will be hoping for a far more dramatic affair as Kyrgios looks to reverse the 1-3 deficit he is facing in the head to head against Gasquet at this moment. While it was the epic five set win at Wimbledon in 2014 that launched Kyrgios on to the scene, he was found wanting on the three other occasions including the aforementioned Wimbledon 2015 match and a straight sets loss in the Estoril final on clay.
Meanwhile, Gasquet was absent in Canada and will play his first match since blowing a handy lead against Jack Sock in Washington. It was his third loss in four matches on hard courts after beginning 10-2 in 2015. It would appear that the Frenchman has learnt from his mistakes in the first Wimbledon match and is well prepared to handle the temperamental youngster. However, it will be the first hard court match after two clay and two grass court matches so far.
Prediction – Richard Gasquet in three sets