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Del Potro vs Kyrgios ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - World No. 3 del Potro faces 2017 Cincinnati runner-up Kyrgios for the first time

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 17 Aug 2018
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Nick Kyrgios is live from Cincinnati at 11.00am local time on Friday (4.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro and last year’s Cincinnati Masters runner-up Nick Kyrgios collide for the first time in an eye-catching Round of 16 encounter on Friday.

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Both Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios were in doubt to even contest the Cincinnati Masters this week due to respective injury problems - but one of them will advance to the quarter-finals on Friday.

One of the most consistent performers on the ATP World Tour over the last 12 months, del Potro was rewarded with a career-high ranking of No. 3 at the start of the week - despite not playing the Rogers Cup in Toronto as he nursed a sore left wrist. When you consider it was the same wrist that required multiple surgeries and forced the Argentine onto the sidelines for years, there were genuine doubts as to whether del Potro would even turn up in Cincinnati.

But the 2009 U.S. Open champion is here and he’s already got one impressive victory under his belt, cruising past Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung in straight sets - although the South Korean is also on the comeback trail from injury himself. Nevertheless, it was a comfortable 6-2 6-3 win for del Potro, and with all the rain in Cincinnati this week, he’s had more time to rest before what will be an influx of matches over the next couple of days if he continues to progress.

"I am happy to beat these young players," Del Potro said. "He has a big future, and he is a nice player. I am glad to go through."

With two Grand Slam semi-finals at the U.S. Open and French Opens, a maiden Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, more title triumphs in Stockholm and Acapulco and further runner-up finishes in Basel, Auckland and Los Cabos on his tennis résumé over the last 12 months, we’ve finally seen what del Potro can do when he’s allowed to compete injury-free over a sustained period of time. Can the ‘Tower of Tandil’ keep his impressive consistency going in Cincinnati and reach the quarter-finals on Friday?


With Nick Kyrgios on the opposite side of the next, literally anything is possible. The Australian has had an eventual week to say the least so far in Cincinnati - from forgetting his shoes in his first round win over Denis Kudla, to offering a running monologue to the crowd amidst a 7-6 0-6 6-3 victory over Borna Coric in a second round contest that featured some outrageous jumping forehands. After retiring in Atlanta, withdrawing from Washington and losing in the opening round of Toronto, not much was expected of Kyrgios, but he’s found a passage into the Round of 16 and will now fancy his chances of perhaps repeating his effort of 12 months ago when he made his first Masters 1000 final, beating Rafael Nadal before falling to Grigor Dimitrov.

Kyrgios began 2018 in promising fashion as he captured the Brisbane International title and made the second week of the Australian Open, but it’s been mostly downhill from there - and once again it’s been due to injuries, with an elbow issue ruling him out of the clay season, and while he made the Queen’s Club semi-finals and the third round of Wimbledon, knee, elbow and hip problems have surfaced so far during the U.S. Open Series. The 23-year-old still appears hindered at times by these issues, but whatever pain Kyrgios is feeling seems to be negated by whether he is having a good serving day - and he has so far during his first two matches in Cincinnati.

As mentioned, Kyrgios and del Potro have never played before - and with both still under an injury cloud  - it’s very hard to predict what’s going to happen in this clash. Both are capable of jaw-dropping shotmaking with their power brands of tennis, while they also both have a big weapon in their serve. Del Potro looked more at ease in his win over Chung than Kyrgios has in his three-set victories over Kudla and Coric, and if he can up the ante early in each set and perhaps sneak a break, he could deflate the Australian’s hopes before they even get started.


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Del Potro vs Kyrgios ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - World No. 3 del Potro faces 2017 Cincinnati runner-up Kyrgios for the first time

World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro and last year’s Cincinnati Masters runner-up Nick Kyrgios collide for the first time in an eye-catching Round of 16 encounter on Friday.

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