ATP Cup 2020 – Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios on? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – not before 00:00 (UK)

What channel is Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nick Kyrgios? 6-7, 7-6, 7-5

THE LOWDOWN

FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a breakout year last season at the tender age of 18, and became the first male player to enter both the top 100 and 20 to be born this millennium, though injury hampered the last few tournaments he entered.
  • The Canadian is being touted as a future Grand Slam champion and he looks set for another big year on tour, with a first ATP title looking likely at some point in 2020.
  • Auger-Aliassime beat Nick Kyrgios in their previous meeting at last year’s Queen’s Club in London in three gruelling sets, including two tiebreaks.

NICK KYRGIOS

  • Nick Kyrgios was highly emotional after his straight-sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the first tie and it will take an immense performance from one of the best players here to beat him in this mood.
  • All the factors that can focus Kyrgios’ performance are here at the ATP Cup as he notably revels in team competition, with the tragic Australian bushfires pushing him on to perform for his country in this home tournament.
  • While the 24-year-old lost to Auger-Aliassime in their previous encounter, he will be a totally different animal here and there are few players on tour whose head-to-head records matter less than the equal-parts gifted and flawed Aussie.

THE PREDICTION

That small amount of sporting fate hovers over the Australian team at this inaugural ATP Cup, with the surrounding tragedy of the bushfires hard to ignore as a motivating factor for the squad to bring some joy to their country. No player in this tournament relies on emotion more for their performance than Kyrgios, but he must channel it in the right way here against an excellent foe. Felix Auger-Aliassime’s age can sometimes work against him, but often positively as he is occasionally underestimated. Their last match went to a decider after two arduous tiebreaks, and this looks likely to fall the same way. This time though, it should be Kyrgios who comes out on top.

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