TennisSection previews the 2021 Toronto Open as Nick Kyrgios takes on Reilly Opelka in the Round of 64 on Monday, August 9th, 2021.
Will Reilly Opelka get a good win under his belt in the Singles to get some momentum going after a sub-par season this year? Will Nick Kyrgios find the motivation he has been looking for as he seems to be down on himself and his future in the tennis world? At its best, this is going to be a very entertaining encounter where serve and forehands will dictate everything. Both of them can win it, but only one will make their way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 Toronto Open. Who will it be?
Reilly Opelka has not been at his best this year in Singles, losing in the Round of 32 last week in Washington in straight sets to John Millman and going 9-13 this year in W/L on the ATP Tour. Reilly should be getting much better results than this, but he is just not adapting his game to ensure that when the ball is returned to him, he can get low and get a good return back. Reilly is focusing too much on his serve, and when that is not firing at its best, he can get hurt against good opponents. He will have to ensure that he comes out ready for a tough battle right from the start here at the 2021 Toronto Open as he now meets Nick Kyrgios.
Nick Kyrgios is in a bit of a weird spot right now on the ATP Tour as he does not seem like he knows whether he wants it bad enough anymore to continue playing. However, with Nick you just never know, maybe one day it will come back. I think with the bigger the tournament is, the more Nick wants to put on a show, and we hope he does exactly this here at the 2021 Toronto Open. Nick needs a good win against a solid opponent under his belt to give him some momentum, and I believe he will come out strongly against Reilly Opelka hoping for just that.
Nick Kyrgios and Reilly Opelka have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Although Reilly Opelka is higher ranked nowadays, Nick is nothing to underestimate and I think he will get the job done here. Reilly has been focusing too much on just his serve, and when it is returned, he has a hard time coping in rallies. Nick, on the other hand, is as good on serve as Reilly, and he has an amazing baseline game and can hit any shot he wants from anywhere. I do expect a tight match just because both have not been at their best recently, but I do see the Australian coming out here and getting a good win for his confidence and motivation as he makes his way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 Toronto Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Nick Kyrgios to Win.
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