Medvedev vs Kyrgios Tips, Predictions & Live Stream

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Medvedev vs Kyrgios Tips

A blockbuster showdown awaits on Thursday night as World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev comes up against the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open second round.

Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios Australian Open Tips, Predictions & Live Stream

Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios free Australian Open tips, predictions and live stream information – Kyrgios has won both previous meetings between the pair…

Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios Match Details

🎾 Competition: Australian Open R2
🗓 Date: Thursday January 18
 Time: 7.00pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Rod Laver Arena

Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios Head to Head

Kyrgios leads 2-0

  • 2019 | Washington Final | Kyrgios 7-6 7-6
  • 2019 | Rome R64 | Kyrgios 6-3 3-6 6-3

Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios Tips, Prediction & Preview

Arguably the most anticipated match of the 2022 Australian Open so far pits second seed Daniil Medvedev up against former top 20 star Nick Kyrgios in a mouth-watering showdown.

Medvedev is the favourite for the title following the departure of Novak Djokovic and has well and truly solidified himself as one of the best players in the world over the last couple of seasons.

The Russian crushed Djokovic to win his maiden slam title at the US Open last year and he made it eight victories in a row in majors with a comfortable straight sets win over Henri Laaksonen in the opening round in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The scary thing is Medvedev can improve considerably from that performance – he made 23 unforced errors to just 21 winners and only won half of his points at the net. Medvedev did serve well with a 66 first serve percentage where he won 48 of 61 points.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios enjoyed a rare routine win in his first match since September, easing past qualifier Liam Broady 6-4 6-3 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Kyrgios lit up John Cain Arena with his usual flair and flamboyant shotmaking skills, coupled with a few underarm serves thrown in for good measure.

But it was the discipline Kyrgios showed that was most impressive – he only went for his trick shots when he was 40-0 up on the scoreboard and didn’t look like losing his serve once, breaking at the start of each set and cruising to victory from there.

It was a phenomenal serving display from Kyrgios – he served at a staggering 81 per cent of first serves and won 47 out of 58 of those points, while he also struck 41 winners to 26 unforced errors, which is an excellent ratio for someone of his style.

However, Kyrgios faces a considerable step up in class for this clash and will be under much more pressure on his serve as Medvedev gets a lot more balls in play. Kyrgios simply can’t afford to get dragged into baseline exchanges with the Russian and must go for his shots when the opportunity presents itself.

If Kyrgios can play at the same level he did in his opening round – and that’s a big if in itself – then he can potentially snatch a set, but beating Medvedev in his second match in five months might be too much of an ask.

Medvedev is as consistent and solid as they come and over five sets, Kyrgios will literally need to play the perfect match, which is obviously unlikely to happen. Medvedev to win an entertaining match with Kyrgios perhaps sneaking a set in a tiebreak looks like the best bet here.

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