In a men’s tournament low on star power after the early exits of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, it’s a shame that the match between Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios has to happen at the fourth round stage. However, the winner may well consider themselves to be the favourite to advance from the top half of the draw without the World No.1 standing in their way.
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Zverev had to play a lengthy three setter for the second match running, beating David Ferrer 2-6 6-2 6-4 after a win over Daniil Medvedev in the previous round. In the all decisive ninth game of the decider, Ferrer hit a double fault to gift Zverev the break he needed. The German served it out but will need to reduce his errors if he is to go any further in the tournament.
Kyrgios is having an excellent week so far with two comfortable wins over Dusan Lajovic and Fabio Fognini so far. He beat the latter 6-3 6-3 to make it to this round, backed by some excellent serving. He is yet to face a break point in the tournament while dropping just 10 points on first serve over the two matches. “I knew I just had to serve well, play aggressive and keep the points short. When he gets in a rhythm he’s pretty dangerous.” he said afterwards.
The pair played a great quarter final at this very tournament last year, in which Kyrgios won in three sets. The Australian is certainly in better form now and loves the Miami Open, having made the semi finals in his first two appearances. Were he to beat Zverev, only Borna Coric or Denis Shapovalov stands in the way of a third straight final four appearance.
Prediction – Nick Kyrgios in three sets