Kyrgios is set to face ninth seed Jannik Sinner in the Round of 16 of the Miami Open 2022

Nick Kyrgios is on an incredible run at the 2022 Miami Masters. The unseeded Australian has already defeated two seeded players to set up a clash against Sinner, the 9th seed.

Kyrgios began his journey in the men’s singles draw of this ATP-1000 event with a straight-sets victory against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first round. In the next round, Kyrgios caused a major upset by comprehensively beating the 5th seed, Andrey Rublev 6-3,6-0. Kyrgios then went on to defeat another seeded players, Italy’s Fabio Fognini (31), once again with a dominating scoreline of 6-2, 6-4.

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Nick Kyrgios versus Jannik Sinner - What to expect? 4

Meanwhile, Kyrgios’ opponent Jannik Sinner is one of the emerging stars of men’s tennis. In this ATP-1000 event, Sinner got a bye in the first round thanks to his superior seeding. The Italian played out an intense three-setter in his first match against Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round and eventually came out on top 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Sinner then went on to beat 17th seed Pablo Carreno to set up a clash with Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year old Sinner is very energetic and plays a high tempo game. Fans can definitely expect an intense clash between the youngster and Kyrgios, who plays with his heart on his sleeves!

Jannik Sinner of Italy returns the ball to Tommy Haas of Germany during the quarterfinal exhibition match at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin on Monday.
Jannik Sinner of Italy returns the ball to Tommy Haas of Germany during the quarterfinal exhibition match at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin on Monday. (Getty Images)

Can Nick Kyrgios finally make it count at an ATP-1000 event?

Nick Kyrgios has been in the ATP circuit for quite a long time now. There has always been a cloud of controversy around the Australian and he has often been in the news for the wrong reasons. Recently, Kyrgios was involved in a controversy after he smashed a racquet on the court which almost hit a ball boy. Kyrgios smashed his racquet out of frustration after his 6-7, 7-5, 4-6 defeat to Nadal at the Indian Wells.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Nick Kyrgios of Australia throws his racquet in his Men’s Doubles Semifinals match with Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia against Marcel Granollers of Spain and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina during day 11 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

After the customary handshake at the end of the match, Kyrgios smashed the racquet against the ground which bounced off and almost hit a ball boy who ducked in time. Kyrgios was asked about the incident in his post-match interaction and the Australian got offended that everyone was concentrating on an “unintentional event” instead of the amazing tennis match. Later on, Kyrgios apologised to the ball boy and gifted him his racquet.

Nick Kyrgios will go into the match knowing that a positive result would put him a step further towards winning a coveted ATP-1000 title. Maybe it’s finally time for Kyrgios to be in the spotlight for the right reasons!

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