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Kyrgios vs Berrettini ATP Stuttgart Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Kyrgios takes on Berrettini in Stuttgart opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 11 Jun 2019
  • Nick Kyrgios vs Matteo Berrettini is live from Stuttgart on Tuesday, 11 June from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
  • First meeting between Kyrgios and Berrettini
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Nick Kyrgios opens his grass court season in Stuttgart on Tuesday as he takes on Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the first round.

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Kyrgios is playing his first tournament since the Rome Masters, where he was defaulted in a second round meeting with Norwegian young gun, Casper Ruud.

After Ruud broke back for 1-1 in the deciding set, Kyrgios was given a game penalty for an accumulation of code violations, resulting in the Australian completely losing his cool, throwing his racket into the ground, and hurling a chair onto the court.

Before he was inevitably defaulted, the Australian had already conceded the match, telling the crowd "I'm done" as he packed his bags and walked off the court. The incident came a day after the 24-year-old had criticized some of his fellow professionals, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in an interview with the No Challenges Remaining podcast.

The controversial Australian wasn't done, as a few days later, he would lay into the French Open and clay courts in general, declaring his dislike for the surface, and his preference for grass. It was therefore hardly surprising that he pulled out of Roland Garros due to a reported illness…

To the actual tennis…

Kyrgios had made a very ordinary start to the season, going 2-3 between Brisbane, the Australian Open and Delray Beach, but in his inimitable mercurial style, the Australian produced an outstanding week in Acapulco, beating Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev to claim his fifth career title.

Almost predictably, Kyrgios lost his opening match in his next tournament, beaten 6-4 6-4 by Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells. He reached the fourth round in Miami, where a knee injury contributed to his loss to Borna Coric, and ruled him out of the start of the clay-court season.

The Aussie eventually opened his clay campaign in Madrid, losing to Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round- he went one round better in Rome, before exiting the tournament after that infamous default.

Back on his more favoured grass, will Kyrgios enjoy better fortunes in the next few weeks? He was decent on grass last year, reaching semi-finals in Stuttgart and at Queen's, and making the third round at Wimbledon.

He begins his 2019 Stuttgart campaign against Italian, Berrettini in Stuttgart on Tuesday.

Rising Italian, Berrettini has jumped into the top-30 this season after an excellent clay court campaign. The 23-year-old was 12-4 on clay, winning the Budapest title, and reaching the Munich final. He got to the third round in Rome, and would have been very disappointed with a second round exit to Casper Ruud at Roland Garros.

Berrettini also made the semi-finals on the hard courts of Sofia, but that was the only notable thing he did away from clay at tour-level, as he lost in the opening round in Qatar, the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, went one round better in Auckland and Marseille. The Italian did win a hard-court Challenger title in Phoenix in mid-March.

Berrettini did not make his grass-court tour-level debut until last season, and after failing to win a set in opening round exits in Halle and Eastbourne, the Italian finally got off the mark on grass in spectacular fashion, bouncing back from two-sets down to beat Jack Sock at Wimbledon. He was beaten by Gilles Simon in straight sets in the next round.

Can the Italian take out Kyrgios in Stuttgart on Tuesday?

He has certainly got weapons – he serves very well, and possesses a very good forehand, but the big concern remains how he adapts his footwork and movement for the grass courts. For someone who hasn’t played much on the surface, it will be tough to make that transition immediately. Kyrgios, on the other hand, has enjoyed plenty of success on this surface, famously reaching the quarter finals at Wimbledon in 2014, and making a couple of semi-finals on the surface last season. It does look like he is the only one that can beat himself on Tuesday. If he is dialed in and focused on the job, he should be too good for Berrettini.

Nick Kyrgios vs Matteo Berrettini is live from Stuttgart on Tuesday, 11 June from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST

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Kyrgios vs Berrettini ATP Stuttgart Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Kyrgios takes on Berrettini in Stuttgart opener

Nick Kyrgios opens his grass-court campaign on Tuesday when he faces Italian, Matteo Berrettini in Stuttgart. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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