World No. 132 and the wildcard entrant at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters, Nick Kyrgios brushed aside Federico Delbonis to move into the third round of the tournament. This was Nick’s second win over an Argentine this week having defeated Sebastian Baez earlier. In a rampant run, Nick won the match 6-2, 6-2 in mere 65 minutes to advance ahead into the Masters event.
Nick hit 9 aces, saved all 5 of his break point opportunities and converted 4 of the 7 break points he had for grabs. Nick also launched a massive 222km/hr service during the match while Delbonis’ fastest was 201 km/hr. The Argentine ended with 5 aces, failed to win any breakpoint and saved only 3 breakpoints having conceded 7. Nick had 19 winners to Federico’s 18 while both players made 1 double fault. Nick had 10 unforced errors and finished with 58 points while Federico had 14 unforced errors and finished with 40 points to his name.
It was a colourful display from the Australian who brought out a variety of shots during his match against Delbonis. With some brilliant forehands down the line and a failed underarm serve, Nick also had some failed shots that cost him a point when he attempted to hit the ball with his racquet behind his hand that bounced off out of the court leaving the crowd in splits.
Difficult fixture for Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round
Nick will now take on the 8th seeded Casper Ruud in the third round. Ruud comes into the 3rd round with a bye in the first round and a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over American qualifier Christopher Eubanks. While Ruud has been dominant on the clay courts, the Norwegian is yet to show similar domination on the hardcourts and that could turn in Nick’s favour who plays his best on the hardcourts.