The 19 year-old world ranked number 21 started the ATP Cup 2020 with a straightforward straight sets win over Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis, 6-1 6-3. This is unquestionably a serious step-up in class against the Australian, but the young Canadian has proven himself against the volatile Australian previously.
Felix Auger-Aliassime beat 24 year-old Kyrgios in their previous meeting at last year’s Queen’s Club in London in three gruelling sets, 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.
On that occasion, the Australian was repeatedly ranting at officials and even threw his racket off the court after he lost the match. His behavior didn’t go down well with Auger-Aliassime, who said of Kyrgios that, “I think he’s a good tennis player, but I could never be friends or close to a person like that”.
Kyrgios is probably the most controversial player on the ATP tour, but playing for his country in the wake of the ongoing bushfires sweeping Australia seemed to act as a motivating factor for him in his opening singles match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in a straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win.
Félix Auger-Aliassime vs Nick Kyrgios Betting Lines & ATP Cup Pick
Looking at ATP Cup predictions for this match, it clearly has the potential to boil over. However, NNick Kyrgios is a huge talent and really seems to be up for this, so he’s the tip to scrape home here.