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Nick Kyrgios has made a winning start to the American hard-court swing in Washington. In his first-round encounter, the talented Aussie beat Giron, a big hitter from California. And last night, Kyrgios backed this up with a great performance against another American in the form of Tommy Paul. So, with two wins against American-grown players back to back, his confidence must be flying high going into the round of 16. As it happens, he will face yet another American – the number 2 American right now, Reilly Opelka.
Everyone knows how dangerous Opelka can be with his enormous serve and big groundstrokes. Then again, Kyrgios isn’t exactly a guy who cannot pack a fairly sizable punch himself. So I expect this to be a great match to tune in for if you get the chance. But putting his previous two rounds and upcoming match aside, many are wondering, can Nick Kyrgios go on to win Washington? I believe so, and I’ve given my reasons below.
Nick Kyrgios Washington – A Great Chance for His Second DC Title
We all know that Nick Kyrgios is a seriously talented player. That goes without saying. But he’s not exactly been a prolific tournament winner during his career, despite his obvious skills on the tennis court. However, personally, I believe that he could well add to his trophy cabinet at the 2022 Washington Open. I don’t say this lightly either, as justified below.
The Draw Is Looking Nice
Of course, this has been written prior to the Aussies clash against Opelka. But if he can snatch a win against the big-serving American, things will be shaping up nicely in terms of the draw. If he does indeed beat Opelka, he will face either Tiafoe or Van de Zandschulp in the quarters – both very winnable games. And looking at the rest of the bottom draw, there isn’t anyone who would be a clear favorite against Kyrgios. So if he maintains his form, he could definitely make the finals, if not win the whole thing.
Previous Performances in Washington
Another huge reason for his possible win this week is due to the way in which he has played here in the past. As it happens, Kyrgios won this ATP 500 event in 2019, and he beat some serious opposition in the process. Kyrgios managed to beat both Medvedev and Tsitsipas en route to the win in 2019. And usually, if a player has performed well at a certain venue in the past, this bodes well for future performances. Of course, the fact that this tournament is on a hard court is advantageous for Kyrgios as well.
Brand New Player Since Wimbledon 2022
Finally, I want to quickly mention Kyrgios in terms of his mental game. For me, Wimbledon 2022 showed that he is now taking the sport more seriously. He also showed that he can remain competitive and composed enough to go deep in the biggest tournaments in the world. And the fact that he is now officially a Grand Slam finalist for singles play will definitely give him a boost this week.