At the 2017 Canada Open in Montreal, Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev faced off in the third round. In 71 minutes, the German won 6-4, 6-3 to maintain his title chances. Alexander had lost to the Australian in March of that year in Indian Wells and Miami, and this was his first victory over Nick in three matches.
Zverev played flawlessly in Montreal to win in straight sets and progress to the round of eight. The German successfully repelled all eight break attempts and scored three breaks out of four chances to cross the finish line.
In the midst of the first set, Alexander improved his serve defense and gained momentum. Despite the competitor’s attempts to disrupt his rhythm and prevent longer exchanges, he took use of his return opportunities to cross the finish line first.
The final game of the match was abandoned by Kyrgios after he requested two medical timeouts due to soreness in his left leg and hip. In the second set, Zverev found his motivation. He skillfully positioned his groundstrokes and kept his opponent from responding.
In Montreal in 2017, Nick Kyrgios was defeated in straight sets by Alexander Zverev.
They both had 21 winners of services, with 20 going to Alexander. The German had more successful field statistics, with 21 victories compared to Nick’s 10.
Zverev achieved those results despite only making eight unintentional mistakes. The Australian was unable to maintain that speed, falling behind just as he was about to reach the exit door. Zverev led 43-36 as over 70% of the points concluded in the shortest department up to four strokes.
Additionally, he did better in the five to eight stroke midpoints, winning 17 of the 28 points. Nick missed two break chances in the first game after committing two double faults. He successfully repelled it with a drop shot and then unleashed two more off his serve for a crucial hold.
With a forehand return winner, Alexander broke the tie at 1-1. He increased the lead but had to fight hard to maintain it in games four and six. For those chances to return to the positive side, the Australian began blending and using more powerful strokes from his backhand wing.
After ups and downs in both games, Alexander held on to maintain a 4-2 lead. Additionally, Nick began shaking his leg starting in the sixth game, which was not encouraging. After Kyrgios‘ left leg required medical attention after the seventh game, Zverev won three service games in a row to clinch the opening set.
Nick battled well in the first games of the second set before committing a hasty error immediately following the serve to trail 3-2. In a game with only 11 strokes, Alexander performed brilliantly after the opening shot and won it with a break at love at 5-3.