Having come through a testing match against Portugal's Joao Sousa in the second round, Andy will take on Aussie 'young gun' Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios was due to play Britain's Kyle Edmund in the second round but had a walk-over after Edmund withdrew from the tournament with an abdominal strain. This means the Kyrgios has not played a match since Monday, however, Australian press reported that the flashy youngster practised twice yesterday to compensate for his lack of competitive match play.
Kyrgios is part of a group of young players who have a great deal of respect for Andy, but any thoughts of mentoring or friendship will be put aside for a match which is expected to be a highlight of the day.
Andy and Kyrgios have played twice before, in Toronto last year and in Melbourne earlier this year. The Scot has won both encounters in straight sets. That said Andy will be wary of Kyrgios, who is an up-and-coming player with a lot of confidence and belief he can beat anyone on any given day - he recently beat Federer on clay in Madrid. That day Federer struggled to return the Kyrgios serve, but the match was tight and all three sets went to tie-breaks.
In the previous meetings between Andy and the young Aussie, Kyrgios's own return of serve was exposed as a weakness. In Toronto Kyrgios won only one point on Andy's first serve. In Melbourne he improved this to twelve, and even converted a break point in the second set to push Andy to a tie-break.
Andy typically plays well against the big servers and hitters; his defence and variety can frustrate them into making errors, his return of serve usually pays dividends, particularly when he gets an opportunity to take on a second serve. Andy will probably look at keeping his first serve percentage high as much as possible. Against Sousa it averaged 57% for the whole match, impacted significantly by a drop from 68% in the first set to 36% in the second, which was accompanied by an increase in unforced errors. That serve percentage climbed steadily through the third and fourth sets, with Andy finishing the fourth set with a FSP of 67%, winning 90% of points behind it.
After making headlines this week for off-court reasons, Kyrgios is out to prove he is more than just a bad-boy playboy, and will look to add Andy to his collection of big four 'scalps'. If Andy's Twitter account is anything to go by then he is expecting some on-court fireworks. Kyrgios has pointed out that he is fitter and healthier since Melbourne. Andy has pointed towards his own fitness and pain-free body as a key factor in his improved clay form this year. From a spectator's point of view it should be an interesting match.
The match is scheduled for 11am on Susanne Lenglen, 10am BST. The weather is forecast to be approximately 18 degrees, with cloud cover, a chance of showers in the morning, and a westerly wind blowing at around 5mph.
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