Kyrgios ready for duel with Zverev

INDIAN WELLS • Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, two of the ATP tour's most explosive young talents, will clash at the Indian Wells Masters after second-round victories on Sunday.

Australia's 15th-seeded Kyrgios defeated Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 to book the third-round date with 18th-seeded German Zverev, who defeated Argentinian Facundo Bagnis 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.

"I'm looking forward to it," Kyrgios, 21, said of facing Zverev, 19.

"We have been obviously close mates for a long time. I played juniors with him. I played him once in juniors, and I thought he had a big game then. He's obviously put it together. He's had some great results, beaten some big names."

Kyrgios notched a big win of his own this month, when he toppled world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in Acapulco en route to the semi-finals.

"I got a lot of confidence from that. I knew I had to have a great serving day," said the Australian, who rained 25 aces on the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

"I think he's the most complete player of everyone I have ever played. I have drawn a lot of confidence from that."

However, he is expecting a tough test from Zverev.

"I think serving is the key here," Kyrgios said. "You've got to try and make a lot of first serves and play aggressive.

"I know it's going to be tough, especially on this surface. If he plays his aggressive game, it's not going to be easy to get looks on his serve."

Following a breakout run to the fourth round last year, Zverev is hungry to go one step further.

"I will be very excited (about the match with Kyrgios), because I think we are the two young guys talked about the most, with Dominic Thiem," Zverev said on Sunday.

"It will be a very exciting match, because he's played well this year and I've played well this year too. We'll see."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2017, with the headline 'Kyrgios ready for duel with Zverev'. Print Edition | Subscribe