Nick Kyrgios V Roger Federer
The quarter finals of Indian Wells this year throws up a very interesting battle, with Australian hothead Nick Kyrgios taking on the legendary Roger Federer. Having dismissed Rafa Nadal with relative ease in the last round, Federer arrives to play the talented but inconsistent Australian knowing that another performance like the last round should be enough to see him over the line. However, Kyrgios – the 15th seed – is in some of the best form of his career, and knowing that it would leave him as one of the favourite were he able to deal with Federer in this round.
The ATP World Tour has been a fine event to watch so far, with the last eight of the remaining players some of the finest in the sport. With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and now Nadal out, though, many would say that Federer is the last ‘true’ champion of the sport left to try and stop Kyrgios from finally making the most of his incredible potential.
If Kyrgios is to win here, then he will need to consider using that incredible service that has got him to this point. He’s not dropped a single set to get to this point, having defeated the likes of Horacio Zeballos and Alex Zverev on the way to reaching this point. Given that Zverev and Kyrgios are seen by man as being the ‘next in line’ after the big four finish up to be the next stars of the sport, it’s interesting to see that Kyrgios came out on top. He won 6-3, 6-4 and moved on to a major quarters clash with a true legend of the game – Djokovic himself.
Having to take on such an incredible player is always a tough thing, but Kyrgios arrived knowing he had already beaten Djokovic in recent times. His powerful serving game was vital in making sure he came out at the top end of the match, eventually being the first man in four years to stop Djokovic at Indian Wells – a 20-game win streak going with it at the same time.
So, out of all those left on tour, it would be hard to vouch for anyone else being able to take down the wonderful Federer. With a determination to win another major tournament, though, it’ll be no surprise to see this one go to the wire.
We’re going for a Federer win – but only just. Kyrgios, if he can keep his hand, certainly has the firepower and the potential to come out on top.