Felix Auger-Aliassime – Nick Kyrgios
Oddly enough, I find Felix Auger-Aliassime more febrile than Nick Kyrgios at the moment. The Canadian is far from easy to play on grass, but the mental part tends to make him miss a lot of opportunities or complicated moments. To be honest, I didn’t think he was that great in his last match against Mikael Ymer (who is far from being crazy at the moment). Felix Auger-Aliassime still made 39 unforced errors.
The last time these two players faced each other, we had a very close match. It was at Queen’s in 2019 and Felix Auger-Aliassime won 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 7-5. Given the current form of these two men, I expect nothing less.
I prefer a win for Nick Kyrgios who doesn’t seem to have come all the way from Australia to play the ferns. I think he’s more solid on serve, not to mention that he makes fewer unforced errors and has that explosiveness that makes many people drool.
Moreover, Nick Kyrgios has already passed this 3rd round 3 times (out of 4 attempts), unlike Felix Auger-Aliassime who stopped at this level of the competition in his only previous participation (in 2019).
Prediction: Nick Kyrgios
Marin Cilic – Daniil Medvedev
A suspenseful match between Marin Cilic who has only lost once in the third round of Wimbledon (in 7 attempts), while Daniil Medvedev has never managed to go further (two defeats in the third round).
Marin Cilic is still fun to watch on this surface, as he manages to unleash some good forehands to derail his opponents. Nevertheless, Daniil Medvedev is finally adapting his tennis to all surfaces and is now the oppressive player he is, even on grass.
Daniil Medvedev is much more consistent in the rallies and I expect that to make a difference. The Croatian still makes too many faults in rallies (53 unforced errors against Bonzi for example) and the Russian can only take advantage of this.
Prediction: Daniil Medvedev