The Best of the Day preview goes to the net with tennis tips for in-form Nick Kyrgios’ Rogers Cup opener against Kyle Edmund.
00:00 (AEST) @ IGA Stadium, Montreal
History: Played 1: Kyrgios 1 V Edmund 0
Last meeting: Queen’s Club Championships, 2018 (R16): Kyrgios d Edmumnd 7-6 6-7 6-3
Final Thoughts: The Best of the Day preview follows Aussie wild child Nick Kyrgios’ remarkable resurgence in the build-up to the US Open. After taking out the Washington Open, Kyrgios heads straight into the prestigious Rogers Cup in Canada – and a first-round date with Kyle Edmund.
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Kyrgios is once again the talk of the tennis world, but predominantly for the right reasons this time.
His triumph in Washington featured the customary histrionics. But his undeniable talent came to the fore with stunning wins over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis and third seed Daniil Medvedev in the final.
King of D.C. 🙌
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The win carried him back into the ATP top 30.
Ironically, another clash with Medvedev awaits in the second round in Montreal.
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It’s a big fillip for Kyrgios in his singles first hit-out since exiting in the second round at Wimbledon. He now looms as a genuine US Open dark horse – particularly if he backs up with a strong Rogers Cup showing – but the tempestuous Kyrgios has traditionally struggled under the weight of any sort of expectation.
World No.34 Edmund beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Washington Open, before losing to Peter Gojowczyk in the quarters.
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It’s been a largely frustrating season for the Briton, exiting early in all three majors and struggling to make an impact elsewhere. But he did reach the semis of the Eastbourne International.
Edmund has been bounced out in the third round of the last three Rogers Cups. Krygios has lost first-up in two of his past three Canadian campaigns.
The 24-year-olds have met just once previously, with Kyrgios winning a lengthy three-setter at last year’s Queen’s Club Championships.
The in-form Kyrgios starts as a narrow outsider – no doubt due to his Washington charge only finishing up a day ago. But the rhythm and purpose he showed during that tournament makes him worth getting behind against the up-and-down Edmund.