Nick Kyrgios Tuesday His recent hot streak continues with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sebastian Baez at the Canadian Open, setting up a mouthwatering second-round showdown with world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.
The Australian was far from the best, even interrupting serve on rare occasions, but his strong serve and hard-hitting forehand eventually overwhelmed the Argentinian.
Kyrgios has won 13 of his last 14 matches, and his only loss was against Novak in his Wimbledon final in June against Djokovic.
Kyrgios and Medvedev entered the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal after winning titles in the US Open preparation event.
Kyrgios won his second City Open in Washington, D.C. last weekend, but Medvedev didn't drop a set en route to lifting the trophy at his Cabos in Los Angeles. is.
"Medvedev is also a favorite, he's number one in the world," said Kyrgios, who leads Medvedev 2-1.
"Rankings don't mean much because the guy I played against today ranks higher than me. But Medvedev is a machine."
Kyrgios is currently ranked 37th in the world, but could be higher if ranking points were handed out at Wimbledon this year. Baez he is number 32. Under the lights of the evening session, Taylor his fritz defeated a frustrated Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 in his rain-postponed first round match. rice field.
Fritz was near-perfect in the first set, unleashing a unique combination of power and finesse that left the former world No. 1 from Scotland behind.
Murray fought hard in the second round, but was frustrated on several counts by being unable to solve the puzzle the tall American presented at his meeting in his first career. I felt it and hit the court with my racket.
Fritz's next match was Benjamin Bonzi, who he beat 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-3, and compatriot Francis, who fought back from a set-down against his Tierfoe. It's a match.
In other first-round action, Frenchman Gaël Monfils returned to the ATP Tour after his three-month break, letting Pedro Martinez finish him 7-6 (4) 3-. We won 6 6-2 and will now face the Americans. Maxim Kressy he beat Aslan Karatsev 6-4 6-4.
Alex de Minaur, Dan Evans, Marin Cilic, Tommy Paul and Grigor Dimitrov were Tuesday's first round winners.
(Reporting by Lori Carroll, Los Angeles; Editing by Stephen Coates)