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The round of 32 match that we all wanted to see has been made official. Today, it will be a showdown between Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios. Of course, Medvedev is the world’s number one at the moment. But despite Kyrgios making the finals of Wimbledon, he is only just inside the world’s top 40. And this is only because he won the ATP 500 event in Washington DC last week. Prior to this, his ranking was floating around the 70 mark, which is obviously crazy given his talent and recent results.
Nevertheless, Kyrgios is now presented with another huge test since he faces Medvedev on the Montreal hard courts. Interestingly, Nick Kyrgios holds a 2-1 head-to-head lead over the Russian. However, Medvedev did win their most recent encounter at the 2022 Australian Open earlier this year.
Of course, this is probably the most anticipated match of the tournament so far. And many people are looking for Medvedev vs Kyrgios predictions before the game begins. As it happens, that’s precisely what I’ve covered below.
Medvedev vs Kyrgios – Nick to Cause an Upset
Both of these guys have come into the Montreal Masters off the back of a tournament victory. As mentioned above, Kyrgios won the ATP 500 event in Washington. And Daniil Medvedev won the event in Los Cabos, which is an ATP 250 event. So they are both in fine form, which makes this game all the more interesting. However, there can only be one winner, and I think that Kyrgios might just have what it takes to snatch a win here. Below you’ll find why I believe that this is possible:
Kyrgios’ Recent Form on Hard Courts
Amazingly, Nick Kyrgios didn’t just win the singles last week, but he also won the doubles too. He seems to be loving the hard courts at the moment, and his game certainly suits this surface. His serve is simply huge on this surface, and the humid conditions in Montreal may give this weapon some extra pop! Of course, Kyrgios is on a decent win streak on the hard courts as a result of last week. He won the event while dropping just one set, so he will be confident going into this one.
The Aussie Loves a Challenge Against the World’s Best
It is a well-known fact that Kyrgios saves his best tennis for the best opponents. It’s something about the thrill or the challenge that brings out the competitor in him. And for that reason, I believe that he will demonstrate some added ‘will to win’ against Medvedev today. If he keeps his head together, this fighting spirit could carry him over the line too.
Medvedev Less ‘Match Sharp’ Than Kyrgios Right Now
Kyrgios has played a load of tennis this summer, and he has been enjoying an awful lot of winning tennis on the tour. On the other hand, although Medvedev won Los Cabos last week, he has barely played in the summer. In fact, prior to Los Cabos, Medvedev had not competed since the event in Mallorca, back in June. Could this play a part in the result today? I reckon so.