World number one Daniil Medvedev will meet in-form Nick Kyrgios in the second round of the Canadian Open on Wednesday, with the Australian describing his Russian rival as a “machine.”
Both men come into the clash in Montreal fresh from winning the title, after Kyrgios clinched a first WTA crown in three years with victory at the Citi Open in Washington DC on Sunday.
The 27-year-old is in fine form after reaching a maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon last month, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets. This is Kyrgios’ only loss in their last 13 singles matches.
Medvedev, 26, was sidelined at Wimbledon due to bans on Russian and Belarus players but returned to win the Los Cabos Open in Mexico this weekend for his first tournament success of the year.
The Russian is the top seed in the Masters 1000 in Canada, being byeed in the first round, but will face Kyrgios in the second round after the Australian beat Argentinian Sebastian Baez 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday.
“Medvedev also comes from a title and he is the world number one”, said Kyrgios after his victory.
“It’s not like ranking means too much because the guy I played against today is ranked ahead of me. But Medvedev is a machine.
Kyrgios holds a 2-1 advantage over Medvedev, although the Moscow-born player won his last meeting at the Australian Open in four sets in January.
“Medvedev is a hell of a player. His style is so unorthodox, he’s a great competitor and he’s just an animal.” Kyrgios added. “I can’t wait to see where I am.”
Medvedev is the defending champion in Canada and is aiming to build momentum ahead of an even bigger title defense at the US Open in New York later this month.
A run to the final in Canada would see Medvedev assured of his world ranking until after the US Open.
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