Miami R4 previews and predictions: Wawrinka vs. Zverev, Kyrgios vs. Goffin

Stan Wawrinka (Grandstand) and Nick Kyrgios (Stadium) will be featured during the night session on Tuesday in Miami. They are set for respective fourth-round matchups with Alexander Zverev and David Goffin.

(1) Stan Wawrinka vs. (16) Alexander Zverev

Wawrinka and Zverev will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they meet in round four of the Miami Open on Tuesday. Their only previous encounter came last fall in the St. Petersburg final, with Zverev capturing the first of his two career ATP titles thanks to a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 triumph. The 20th-ranked German also lifted a winner’s trophy earlier this season on the indoor hard courts of Montpellier, where he won the doubles title, as well, with older brother Mischa. Zverev compiled a mere 1-3 record in his next three tournaments, but he appears to be back on track this fortnight with defeats of Yen-Hsun Lu and John Isner. Against Isner on Monday evening, the 19-year-old saved three match points before prevailing 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in two hours and 38 minutes.

Still in search of his first title this year, Wawrinka may already have a pair to his credit if not for the current dominance of fellow Swiss Roger Federer. They went head-to-head in both the Australian Open semis and the Indian Wells final, with Federer prevailing on each occasion (in five sets Down Under and 6-4, 7-5 less than two weeks ago). Wawrinka, who is 14-4 in 2017, has cruised so far in Miami with identical 6-3, 6-4 routs of Horacio Zeballos and Malek Jaziri. With top seed in fine form and Zverev coming off an emotionally draining contest against Isner, the tables should turn from what transpired in St. Petersburg.

Pick: Wawrinka in 2

(12) Nick Kyrgios vs. (8) David Goffin

Goffin and Kyrgios will also be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers on Tuesday and their only previous collision also came in a final last fall. With the Tokyo title at stake, Kyrgios battled his way to a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory after two hours and one minute. The 21-year-old Australian was similarly tested during third-round action in Miami, where he outlasted Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(2) on Monday. Kyrgios, who opened with a more routine 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Damir Dzumhur, is 8-1 in his last nine matches and the current hot streak includes upsets of Novak Djokovic in both Acapulco and Indian Wells.

The Grandstand saw Kyrgios and Goffin play back-to-back third-round thrillers, as the 12th-ranked Belgian followed suit by overcoming Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday night. Goffin got off to a similarly slow start in his opener against Darian King, trailing 4-0 in the first set before storming back to get the job done 7-5, 6-1. The eighth seed, who was a Miami semifinalist last year, is a stellar 17-6 this season with runner-up performances in Sofia and Rotterdam. Unfortunately for Goffin, his battle with Schwartzman was far more energy sapping than Kyrgios vs. Karlovic. Moreover, Kyrgios was in an impressively calm mental state throughout that competitive contest and he will positively thrive in a night-session atmosphere on the main court.

Pick: Kyrgios in 2

42 Comments on Miami R4 previews and predictions: Wawrinka vs. Zverev, Kyrgios vs. Goffin

  1. Stan in 3 sets.

    Kyrgios in 2 sets. I liked the way he handled Karlovic and how he stayed focused and kept it together.

  2. The Force is strong within you Sasha.

    But you are not a Jedi yet.

    Count Dooku CryBaby in two.


  3. I fancy Nick in 2! He’s won me over again and I find it so fun watching him play! He sure is one crazy fella but I just can’t resist his tennis talent and his skills..?

    Sasha is such a cutie…he seems to be gaining much needed confidence and mental strength in Miami so far…I think he can take a set from Wawa…

    Btw, Nishi taking MTO again…he is really struggling against Delbonis, not sure he will pull this one off…

  4. I’m picking both of these to go three sets, edge to Stan and (very slightly) Nick. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Goffin win: Kyrgios is hot but can implode at any time, and Goffin is on a steady rise up through the rankings. Reading an odds-maker the other day who picks David as a future #1; I can almost just see it.

  5. Come on Sascha baby!!

    He lost the first set, dang it. But he’s up a break in the 2nd set…let’s go Zverev!

    • Wooooohooooooo Alexander Zverev blitzed him! lol, not even sure Stan had time to wake up! Seconds set 6-2.

  6. Not necessarily surprised at Stan losing to Zverev but what the hell happened with him that he got smoked so bad in the last two sets. Didn’t even put up a fight what the heck

    • I agree about Kyrgios. He does seem to be focused on tennis and not on the drama. Playing Karlovic can be mentally taxing and demanding. I thought Kyrgios handled himself well. If he keeps it up then I think he will beat Goffin.

  7. Is it just me or i see Nick’s body language is a little bit different than his previous match?I guess he’s a bit drained from karlovic’s match??

  8. I mean, listen: We talking about body language . Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talking about body language . Not a game.

    Meanwhile nick be up a set and a break and it be Dave the Racquet Smasher.

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