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Houston 2022: Nick Kyrgios vs Michael Mmoh preview, head-to-head & prediction | U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships

Nick Kyrgios (L) and Michael Mmoh.
Nick Kyrgios (L) and Michael Mmoh.
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Match details

Fixture: (WC) Nick Kyrgios vs (LL) Michael Mmoh.

Date: 8 April 2022.

Tournament: U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships 2022.

Round: Quarterfinal.

Venue: Houston, Texas, USA.

Category: ATP 250.

Surface: Clay.

Prize money: $665,330.

Live telecast: USA - ESPN 3 | UK - Amazon Prime Video.


Nick Kyrgios vs Michael Mmoh preview

Kyrgios at the 2022 Miami Open.
Kyrgios at the 2022 Miami Open.

Nick Kyrgios and Michael Mmoh will lock horns in the quarterfinals of the 2022 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships on Friday.

Kyrgios has carried his fine run of form from the North American hardcourt swing into the start of the clay season. Playing his first match on the surface since 2019, the Australian had to stage a comeback to defeat Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

Kyrgios then took on seventh seed Tommy Paul in the second round. The American has played well in recent weeks but was no match for the 26-year-old Australian, losing 6-4, 6-2.

Kyrgios has also reached the doubles quarterfinals in Houston alongside Jack Sock.

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Michael Mmoh at the 2022 Bendigo International.
Michael Mmoh at the 2022 Bendigo International.

Michael Mmoh, meanwhile, lost in the qualifying rounds, but made it to the main draw as a lucky loser. He has made the most of his second chance. The American took top seed Casper Ruud's spot in the draw following the Norwegian's withdrawal and was the recipient of a first-round bye as a result.

Third career QF ๐Ÿ’ฏ@MichaelMmoh books a spot in the final eight, defeating Querrey 6-2, 6-4#USClay https://t.co/To6glsGIQ9

Mmoh defeated former Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in the second round to reach the quarterfinals. The American has reached the last eight in an ATP event for the first time since 2018, when he made the quarterfinals in Los Cabos and Brisbane.


Nick Kyrgios vs Michael Mmoh head-to-head

This will be their very first encounter, so the head-to-head stands at 0-0.


Nick Kyrgios vs Michael Mmoh prediction

Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Indian Wells Open.
Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Indian Wells Open.

Kyrgios has made a successful transition to clay. The Australian's serving stats have been impressive, hitting a total of 28 aces across two matches. He has also won a high percentage of first-serve points, which will hold him in good stead going forward.

Kyrgios has also managed to raise his game in the crunch moments of matches. In his previous match, he saved all six break points that he faced.

Mmoh, meanwhile, is attempting to reach his first ATP semifinal. The American will have his task cut out considering the level at which Kyrgios is playing at the moment. Mmoh is not the greatest of returners and that could land him in trouble against a server like Kyrgios.

Mmoh makes up for his deficiencies on return with solid groundstrokes and movement, but he lacks the firepower to hit through opponents, especially on slower surfaces.

As such, Kyrgios shouldn't have much trouble overcoming the American and advancing to the semifinals.

Prediction: Nick Kyrgios to win in straight sets.


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Edited by Keshav Gopalan

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