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Kyrgios beats Paul to set up clash of big servers against Opelka

Nick Kyrgios won against Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to move into the round of 16 at the Citi Open

Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Miami Open Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Miami Open Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

Australian Nick Kyrgios reached the last 16 of the Citi Open by defeating American Tommy Paul, the No 14 seed, 6-3, 6-4 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington on Wednesday evening.

The Australian has now won two matches in Washington DC this week, having defeated American Marcos Giron (6-3, 6-2) in the first round.

Kyrgios, the runner-up at Wimbledon last month and ranked No 63, will face No 4 seed Reilly Opelka next.

Opelka has a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head between two of the biggest servers in the men’s game. The American won their 2021 round of 64 clash at the Canadian Masters in three sets and their semi-final clash in Houston earlier this year in straight sets.

Washington ATP 500, other second-round results (Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, hard, USD 2.108.110, most recent results first):

  • Reilly Opelka beat Denis Kudla: 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4
  • Frances Tiafoe (10) beat Christopher Eubanks (WC): 6-3, 7-6 (2)
  • Maxime Cressy (13) beat Jack Sock: 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
  • Grigor Dimitrov (5) beat Adrian Mannarino: 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
  • J.J. Wolf (WC) beat Denis Shapovalov (6): 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3
  • Taylor Fritz (3) beat Alexei Popyrin: 6-4, 6-3
  • Sebastian Korda beat Sebastian Baez (12): 6-1, 6-4
  • Yoshihito Nishioka beat Alex De Minaur (11): 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2
  • Emil Ruusuvuori beat Hubert Hurkacz (2): 6-4, 7-6 (3)
  • Mikael Ymer beat Aslan Karatsev (15): 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
  • Holger Rune (9) beat Benoit Paire: 6-3, 6-2
  • Karen Khachanov (7) beat Dominik Koepfer (Q): 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-4
  • Botic van de Zandschulp (8) beat Borna Gojo (Q): 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-4
  • Andrey Rublev (1) beat Jack Draper: 6-4, 6-2
  • Daniel Evans (16) beat Kyle Edmund: 6-1, 6-2
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