By Amanda Barlow
- Andy Murray  v Nick Kyrgios 
- H2H: Murray leads 4-0
- Will now have met at each Grand Slam
WIMBLEDON, UK – Andy Murray faces a stern test from Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2016.
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In a total contrast to the start of his Paris campaign, Murray as seemingly coasted through the draw, not dropping a set and more importantly booking his fourth round berth ahead of Middle Sunday.
Obviously not so lucky was Novak Djokovic – scheduled out on Court 1, late on the schedule and as such at the mercy of the elements – and we all know what happened from there.
However we would do well to heed the words of Murray himself. He has been writing a column for BBC Sport throughout the tournament.
In his column, he said: “Novak Djokovic losing on Saturday won’t have any bearing on me at all unless I reach the final.
“I couldn’t help but notice the noise from the crowd when Novak’s score flashed up on the Centre Court scoreboard, but I only thought about it for a few seconds. It doesn’t guarantee anything.”
That being said, he was always scheduled to face Kyrgios on Manic Monday, and his potential semi-final adversary of Stan Wawrinka was duly dispatched by Juan Martin Del Potro.
Focusing on Kyrgios – we can safely say that he has gotten progressively more dangerous each time he has met Murray, and we think it’s ok to ditch the Aussie’s win over the Brit at Hopman Cup!
From a fairly comfortable drubbing in their first match at the Canadian Masters in 2014, Kyrgios finally took a set off him at the US Open, albeit drawing Murray in the opening round last year.
Murray has been quick to come to Kyrgios’ defence – he is still fairly volatile, and quick to get distracted on court, arguing with umpires, his box, himself. Murray has done all of that in his time too, but seems to be more in control of his emotions, and certainly does not seem to court quite as much controversy.
Kyrgios plays a lot more aggressively than Murray, so he will need to be a sharp on his returns, and be prepared to use a lot of variety to mix things up.
Kyrgios is a natural showman – this will be entertaining no matter what, but Murray should easily outlast the Aussie.
Prediction: Murray in four sets.
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