TennisSection previews the 2021 Atlanta Open as Nick Kyrgios meets Kevin Anderson in the First Round on Tuesday July 27th, 2021.
A blockbuster First Round match is expected as Nick Kyrgios faces Kevin Anderson for a spot in the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Atlanta Open. Both men are former top 20 players that have seen their rankings plummet recently due to various factors. Kyrgios has hardly played any tournaments since the COVID-19 pandemic started, while Anderson has struggled with injuries and had a long recovery after surgeries. Who will get the win and advance to the next round?
Nick Kyrgios is unseeded here at the 2021 Atlanta Open and is ranked #58 on the ATP Tour. The Australian star has been playing a limited schedule since early last year and has only played eight matches this year, winning six of them. Kyrgios can be almost impossible to predict due to inconsistent performances. When he is on, he is quite clearly one of the best players in the world and one that is capable of winning despite his opposition. He enters this match against Kevin Anderson, but will be wary of the big South African who is much better than his ranking suggests. Kyrgios is a former champion here and will be hoping to replicate that feat despite his lack of playing time in 2021.
Kevin Anderson is ranked #75 on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 Atlanta Open. Once ranked as high as #5, the South African has had a long path to recovery after undergoing surgery, and is finally starting to look like he is over those issues. He enters this match in good form, winning the Hall of Fame Open and he will be full of confidence here. His serve will allow him to remain competitive, and if he plays well he certainly has a strong chance of defeating opponent Nick Kyrgios here in Atlanta. Anderson is a former champion here at this event and will be hoping for another strong week.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Kevin Anderson leading the head to head series 2-0. I expect this to be a cracker of a match, and it certainly has the feel of a late-round match rather than a First Round encounter. This really can go either way, but I am going to give the edge to Nick Kyrgios here. It is difficult to overlook Kevin Anderson here as he has just won a tournament, but Kyrgios just has that extra bit of firepower and this surface suits him better than the South African. His serve and movement will be key for him here and I expect him to get a very close win, advancing to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Atlanta Open.
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