Kyrgios Set To Take Center Stage In Day 3 Of The US Open

Like so many other players on Tuesday, Nick Kyrgios had to wait for hours during a rain delay in the players’ dining room or lounge.

After a long wait, Kyrgios will finally get to start his US Open on Wednesday.

The mercurial Aussie is one of several players who had their first round matches on Tuesday postponed because heavy downpour.

Kyrgios, will face fellow Australian John Millman. The mega talented Kyrgios is fresh off a finals appearance at the Cincinnati Masters, where he stunned Rafael Nadal in straight sets on his way to a final loss to Grigor Dimitrov.

He retired from three consecutive tournaments, including Wimbledon, earlier this summer with a hip injury. But he enters the US Open having won seven of his past nine matches.

Kyrgios has never reached the fourth round at the US Open. If he does so this year, he could face Roger Federer.

In a relative development, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will come up against Denis Shapovalov.

Tsonga at the 2015 Mutua Madrid OpenBoth Tsonga and Shapovalov play swashbuckling, attacking tennis, so this match has the potential to be a classic.

Tsonga has had a very mixed year, winning an ATP500 title in Rotterdam and 250’s in Marseille and Lyon, but he has been disappointing at most other tournaments.

The Frenchman may need to produce some of his best tennis to beat the in-form Shapovalov, but a night match in front of a big crowd on Arthur Ashe could be exactly what he needs to be inspired.

Shapovalov on the other hand has overcome the controversy that followed last year’s Davis Cup disqualification for hitting a ball at the umpire by showing glimpses of his talent at Queen’s and then delighting home crowds at the Rogers Cup by beating Rafael Nadal en route to the semi-finals.

Other Frenchmen in action today are Gael Monfils, Jeremy Chardy amongst others.

Monfils in 2016
Monfils is hoping to repeat last year’s run here in Flushing Meadows, where he made it to the semifinals without dropping a set.

Standing in the way of the 18th-seeded Monfils is fellow countryman Jeremy Chardy in the first round.

Monfils has had to withdraw from four Masters tournaments this season, including the Cincinnati Open due to illness. Hopefully New York brings out the best in him.

Here are some other matches to watch on Wednesday:

Grigor Dimitrov vs. Vaclav Safranek

David Goffin vs. Julien Benneteau

Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Andreas Seppi

Tomas Berdych vs. Ryan Harrison

Fabio Fognini vs. Stefano Travaglia

Juan Martin del Potro vs. Henri Laaksonen

Pablo Cuevas vs. Damir Dzumhur

Adrian Mannarino vs. Ricardas Berankis

Feliciano Lopez vs. Andrey Kuznetsov

Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Tim Smyczek

Alexander Zverev vs. Borna Coric

Marin Cilic vs. Florian Mayer

Grigor Dimitrov vs. Vaclav Safranek

John Isner vs. Hyeon Chung

Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Cameron Norrie

Lucas Pouille vs. Jared Donaldson

Sam Querrey vs. Dudi Sela

Gilles Muller vs. Paolo Lorenzi

Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Nicolas Mahut

Fabio Fognini vs. Stefano Travaglia

Mischa Zverev vs. Benoit Paire

Juan Martin del Potro vs. Henri Laaksonen

Kevin Anderson vs. Ernests Gulbis

Diego Schwartzman vs. Janko Tipsarevic

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