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Kyrgios vs Medvedev ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Kyrgios faces Medvedev in intriguing first round contest

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 May 2019
  • Nick Kyrgios vs Daniil Medvedev is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST
  • First meeting between Kyrgios and Medvedev
Nick Kyrgios. (Photo by AlterPhotos/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Nick Kyrgios seeks his first win since the Miami Open when he takes on Daniil Medvedev in an intriguing first round clash at the Rome Masters on Tuesday.

Apart from one phenomenal title run in Acapulco, it's been a very ordinary season for Kyrgios, who has been struggling with a knee injury in recent months.

Kyrgios opened his season with a 2-3 run across Brisbane, the Australian Open and Delray Beach, and tumbled to 72nd in the world at the end of February, but out of nowhere, the mercurial Australian produced a sensational week in Acapulco, beating Andreas Seppi, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev to lift his fifth career title and his first since Brisbane in January 2018.

That result moved him back into the top-40, but he couldn't quite kick on from there, as he went 2-2 across Indian Wells and Miami. Both wins coming in Miami, where he defeated Alexander Bublik and Dusan Lajovic before falling to Borna Coric in three sets in the fourth round. The 23-year-old was visibly troubled by a knee problem in that match, and he subsequently pulled out of a scheduled appearance in Houston, returning to Australia to get more rest and treatment on his knee.

Kyrgios returned to action at last week's Madrid Open, falling 7-6 6-4 to Jan-Lennard Struff in his comeback match.

The Australian is seeking his first win on European clay since the 2017 French Open, as he missed this phase of the season in 2018 due an elbow problem. The Australian had made such a fine start to last season, winning the Brisbane title and reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, but the rest of the campaign was disrupted by injuries and loss of form, as he made two more semi-finals (Stuttgart and Queens) in the remainder of the season, and ended the year at No. 35, having peaked at 14th in January.

Kyrgios is playing in Rome for the first time since 2016, when he made the third round- will he make a winning return to the Foro Italico when he takes on Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday?

Medvedev is looking to get back to winning ways after his opening round exit in Madrid- just the second time he had fallen at the first hurdle in his ten tournaments this year (the other being Dubai, where he was beaten by Ricardas Berankis).

Overall, it's been a terrific season for the Russian, who has put together a 24-9 run on the ATP Tour this season. His 2019 form has been a continuation of his performances at the end of last season, when he claimed titles in Winston-Salem and Tokyo (adding to an earlier success in Sydney), and broke into the top 20.

A terrific opening to 2019 included a title run in Sofia, a runner-up finish in Brisbane, fourth round at the Australian Open and semi-final in Rotterdam. He had a quiet March, losing early at Indian Wells and Miami, but he has been raking up the wins on clay. He wasn't known for his clay-court prowess prior to this season, as he had only ever won two clay-court matches heading into April, but he launched a superb run on the surface, reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo (where he beat Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas), the final in Barcelona (taking out Kei Nishikori along the way) before falling to Guido Pella in an extremely tough opening round in Madrid.

Medvedev takes on Kyrgios for the first time on Tuesday, and considering how well he's played on clay, and Kyrgios' recent lack of activity on the surface, the Russian has got to be the favourite for this one. Kyrgios obviously has the advantage on serve, but Medvedev can also send down the heat from the service line, and crank up the pace off the ground. However, it is the Russian’s defence and his readiness to stay patient in extended rallies that have mostly caught the eye through the clay-court season. That could be the quality that gets him past Kyrgios on Tuesday.

Nick Kyrgios vs Daniil Medvedev is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST

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Kyrgios vs Medvedev ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Kyrgios faces Medvedev in intriguing first round contest

Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev meet for the first time on Tuesday as they battle for a second round spot in Rome. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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