Atlanta Open 2021: Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

World number 75, Kevin Anderson will be up against world number 58, Nick Kyrgios in the round of 32 of the Atlanta Open 2021 in their 3rd career meeting.

Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios
Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios

World number 75, Kevin Anderson will face world number 58, Nick Kyrgios in the round of 32 of the Atlanta Open 2021.

Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios: Match Details

TournamentAtlanta Open
MatchKevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios
RoundRound of 32
DateJuly 28, 2021
VenueAtlanta, USA
SurfaceHard Court

Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios: Preview

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

Kevin Anderson is currently ranked number 75 in the world after recently winning the title at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport in straight sets against Jenson Brooksby. He reached a career-high ranking of number 5 in 2018 but has suffered from a fair share of injuries in the past couple of yours. He went on a long injury hiatus because of a right knee surgery he underwent in the beginning of 2020.

Anderson had made it to the finals in Atlanta in 2013 but had to settle for the runners up position after being beaten by John Isner. However, the 35-year-old has not had a great run on hard court this year. He has not won a match on this surface since beating Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the second round of the Great Ocean Road Open back in February.

Nick Kyrgios is currently ranked number 58 in the world. Kyrgios was last seen playing on the ATP Tour at Wimbledon when he retired mid match against the young Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime due to an abdominal injury.

Kyrgios last played in Atlanta in 2018 where he reached the quarter final against Cameron Norrie. However, after losing the first set and being down 0-3 in the second set, the Australian had to retire. However, in 2016 in Atlanta, Kyrgios who was ranked the second seed was able to lift the trophy. He triumphed over the number 1 seed and three-time defending champion, John Isner to win his second ATP title.

Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios: Head to Head

Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson

This is the 3rd meeting between the duo who last met at the French Open in 2017 in the round of 64 where Kevin Anderson took the win in four sets. Anderson currently leads their head to head tie, 2-0.

Kevin Anderson vs Nick Kyrgios: Prediction

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

Although, Anderson leads their head to head tie, the duo has not met since 2017 and since then Anderson has had some major injuries and surgeries which will affect his performance. His win-loss record for this year is 10-6 across all surface and 2-3 on hard court.

Whereas, Kyrgios has not lost to a player ranked outside the top 30 this season. Although, he has played only 9 matches this year, Kyrgios has proved in his entire career that he is most dominant on hard court having won all his 6 ATP titles on this surface. His win-loss record for this year is 6-3 across all surface and 4-2 on hard court.

Prediction: Kyrgios to win in three sets.

Also read: ‘Nick Kyrgios has the talent to beat anybody, but he needs to be more consistent’: Pat Cash