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Nick Kyrgios faces a huge challenge to stay alive after the first day of the US Open, as the Australian star takes on Spain’s No. 21 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Kyrgios and Bautista Agut have played twice in the past, both on hard courts, and have split their encounters. However, when they last faced each other, the Aussie was humiliated in the 2020 ATP Cup in Sydney, 6-1 6-4 in front of a small home crowd.
The Aussie star has barely played in the last 18 months, his ranking dropped to 86, but he showed at Wimbledon that he is still capable of elite tennis, at least in short bursts.
At Wimbledon, Kyrgios had his third round match against rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime under control, beating the 21-year-old 6-2 in the first set, but it soon became apparent that he was struggling with a stomach injury and could barely stretch. his arm above his head to serve.
He bravely fought his way through the second set, dropping the score 6-1 before retiring.
Obviously, there’s still a big question mark about his conditioning, which makes Bautista Agut a nightmare match-up for his abrasive, metronomic style.
Kyrgios will enter Louis Armstrong Stadium at around 10:30 a.m. (AEST) which will put him on the New York track in prime time, where he will be a strong crowd favorite against one of the most professional players on the track.
It looms up as a must-watch.
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