The stage is set for a blockbuster second round matchup at the ATP National Bank Open in Montreal when world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev meets a red-hot Nick Kyrgios in a highly entertaining contest. The pair engaged in a heated battle earlier this year at the Australian Open, with the Russian prevailing in 4 sets. Will Kyrgios retaliate in Montreal or will Medvedev be too strong? Let’s take a closer look at this matchup and a few others from Day 3 of the ATP 1000 level event.
ATP Montreal day 3 predictions
Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Jenson Brooksby
Expect a marathon game when fourteenth seeded Roberto Bautista faces Agut Jenson Brooksby. The only other meeting between the two on a hard court was in Miami earlier this year, Brooksby winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a three-hour match. There is little to separate the pair, both are extreme solid from the back of the court without owning a big serve. The Brooksby forehand and second serve are probably the weakest shots in this matchup, giving the Spaniard a slight advantage in what should be a close match.
Prognosis: Bautista Agut in the 3rd
Taylor Fritz vs Frances Tiafoe
H2H: Fritz 3-1.
Tyler Fritz has had a good record against Frances Tiafoe lately, having won their last three encounters, including a comfortable 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 win at the Australian Open Earlier this year in their most recent clash. I like Fritz in this matchup, he has the power to hit Tiafoe from behind and also has a bigger, more reliable serve. Fritz has to leave his game to give Tiafoe a chance in this duel. That doesn’t seem likely, Fritz looked strong in a 6-1, 6-3 opening round win over Andy Murray in Montreal and has been in generally better form than Tiafoe for a while.
Prognosis: Fritz in the 2
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jack Draper
H2H: First meeting.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be back in action for the first time since his epic fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon a month before. Third-seeded Tsitsipas received a bye in the opening round in Montreal before meeting rising Jack Draper in the second round. Draper has shot up the rankings lately, looking strong in a 6-2, 6-3 win in the opening round over Hugo Gaston. Draper may be on the rise but he hasn’t shown he has the level to really challenge a player like Tsitsipas in these conditions. Expect Tsitsipas to be a notch up.
Prognosis: Tsitsipas in the 2
Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios
H2H: Kyrgios 2-1.
Daniil Medvedev outlasted Nick Kyrgios 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-2 when the two met at the Australian Open earlier this year. Nick Kyrgios will be hungry for revenge and would love his chance to come into this match as one of the hottest players on tour right now. Kyrgios arrives in Montreal fresh from his seventh ATP singles title in Washington DC and got off to a decent start this week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the opening round over Sebastian Baez. Daniil Medvedev also arrives in Montreal, fresh from his title win after winning the number 14 ATP singles title in Los Cabos.
I will side with Medvedev here. There’s a lot of hype surrounding Kyrgios right now and that’s fair enough, but let’s not forget that Medvedev is the top ranked player in the world and certainly the better player of the two. Expect Medvedev to mean business in this duel and get the job done.
Prognosis: Medvedev in the 2nd
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