Nick Kyrgio & Thanasi Kokkinaki’s Blockbuster Headlines US Open Matches To Watch | ATP Tour

There were many fascinating first-round games when that US Open The draw was announced on Thursday, led by a tantalizing clash between close friends Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

ATPTour.com highlights five games to watch in the opening round at Flushing Meadows.

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#23 Nick Kyrgios vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis
The ‘Special Ks’ have been one of the most exciting doubles teams on the circuit this season. They started the season with a bang with a win Australian Open. At the time, Kokkinakis said, “To be a Grand Slam champion with my boy, we’ve known each other since we were eight, nine years old, we’ve done some serious things together, had some serious experiences, but that’s incredible.”

The Australians often refer to one another as ‘brothers’, but only one can advance to the second round at Flushing Meadows. Their first round clash will be their first ATP Head2Head meeting and match against each other since they competed on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2014.

Kyrgios is one of the best players in the world. The 27-year-old has shown the greatest consistency of his career to reach the final Wimbledonwinning the title in Washington and reaching the quarterfinals in Montreal where he eliminated world No. 1 Daniel Medvedev. However, no one on tour knows him better than Kokkinakis, who thrives on the big stages with his own aggressive game.

Kokkinakis’ résumé includes a win against Roger Federerand last year he pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sentences at the Australian Open. This makes for a blockbuster showdown between the awesome friends.

#12 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Dominik Thiem
Dominik Thiem will need to be sharp for his first match US Open since lifting his first major trophy at Flushing Meadows two years ago. The Austrian scores in 12th place Pablo Carreno Bustawho recently won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal.

Thiem has struggled to find his best form since returning from a wrist injury in March. However, he has one thing on his side: a 7-0 ATP Head2Head Advantage against Carreno Busta. One of these clashes occurred on US Open 2016 when Thiem rallied for a four-set win.

Form is leaning in the Spaniard’s direction following his Canadian breakthrough and his solid baseline game will force the Austrian to produce the spectacular winners he has achieved so many times throughout his career. Will Thiem be able to draw on his past to earn an upset in the first round?

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No. 24 Francisco Cerundolo vs. Andy Murray
A year ago, 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray suffered a heartbreaking loss to Tsitsipas in the first round in New York. The Scot has another chance to dislodge a seed in the opening round if he plays the 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo.

Murray showed signs of good form in Cincinnati, where he emerged victorious from a two-hour, 58-minute epic Stan Wawrinka and pushed Cameron Norrie hard on the second round before the cramps got the better of him.

But his first ATP Head2Head meeting against Cerundolo was to prove difficult. Although the 24-year-old has lost three games in a row since reaching the Hamburg semi-finals, the rising Argentine has already found success on hard courts. Earlier this year he had a stunning run to the semifinals in Miami with wins over stars including Gael Monfils and Jannik sinner.

#3 Carlo Alcaraz vs. Sebastian Bass
last november, Carlo Alcaraz met Sebastian Bass in the semifinals of Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals. Alcaraz was number 32 in the world and Baez number 111. Ten months later, both men have come a long way. Alcaraz is the third seed in the US Open and Baez was the last player not to receive a seed.

In their first meeting, Alcaraz prevailed 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in Milan. His powerful game is capable of breaking through all opponents. However, Baez is very aggressive himself and will try to get the Spaniard to play on his own terms.

The Argentine is 1-3 against top-10 opponents, with his win in the Bastad semi-final coming against him Andrei Rublev. Will Baez be able to claim another big win against Alcaraz?

#14 Diego Schwartzman vs. jack sock
There are few fans in the world like the ones in New York at the US Open. jack sockwho is wowing viewers around the world with his eye-catching play will look to use that to his advantage against the 14th seed Diego Schwartzman.

The couple’s only meeting took place on clay in 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where Sock prevailed in three sentences. Since then, both men have spent time in the world top 10 and proved their skills against the best players on the tour. Sock will try to dominate with his forehand and race across the court, while Schwartzman has almost no weaknesses and will try to attack the American’s backhand.

Schwartzman is a two-time quarterfinalist at the US Open. The favorite will look to avoid an early exit in this edition of the final Major of the year.

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