Despite the recent spate of controversies, Nick Kyrgios‘ on-court form has been reasonably decent in recent months. A few second week pushes in major tournaments has seen his world ranking rise up to 37th on the ATP.
But if history is anything to go by, that’s not going to get any higher once the US Open rolls around.
Kyrgios has been levelled with a shocking draw in the tournament, drawing world number three Andy Murray in the first round.
Ordinarily this would pose as a tough task in and of itself, but it’s doubly so when you consider the history between the pair.
On three occasions throughout the course of their careers, Murray and Kyrgios have met on court. And on all three occasions, Murray has walked away with the win.
Not only has Kyrgios not been able to beat Murray, he’s yet to take a single set off of him.
Their first encounter occurred at the 2014 Rogers Cup in Toronto, with Murray breezing past the brash young ‘Strayan 6-2 6-2 in the second round.
Five months later they met in the Quarter Finals of this year’s Australian Open. Though Kyrgios managed to push the second set to a tie-breaker on that occasion, Murray still glided past Kyrgios, 6-3 7-6 6-3.
Kyrgios again ran into Murray at a major tournament at the French Open this past May. In their third round matchup, Murray once again handily dispatched Kyrgios in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3.
Should Kyrgios be able to turn the tables on this occasion, the draw at the US Open becomes much easier after Round 1, with his end of the bracket littered with Qualifiers en route to the finals.
But given the history – and Murray’s sparkling form – that’s certainly going to take one hell of an effort.
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