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Kyrgios showdown appeals to Djokovic

8th March 2019, 14:19 by Craig Smithson

Novak Djokovic has been impressed with Nick Kyrgios' recent form and would relish a BNP Paribas Open showdown at Indian Wells.

The 31-year-old current world number one has not featured in a competitive game since claiming his 15th and third successive Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Djokovic's campaign will get underway with a game against American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo as he looks to avoid a repeat of last year's shock first-round defeat when crashing out to Japan's then world 109 Taro Daniel on his comeback from elbow surgery.

The Serbian is expected to progress, as he targets a sixth title win in the Californian desert, and is excited about the possibility of a third-round head-to-head against a resurgent Kyrgios.

The 23-year-old Australian heads into the tournament on the back of defeating Alexander Zverev in the Mexico Open final last weekend.

Kyrgios also beat Rafael Nadal, John Isner and Stanislas Wawrinka on his way to securing the title in Acapulco and Djokovic said: "We've always been aware of his qualities and talent, and he's got big weapons in his game: serve, obviously one of the best serves on the tour; big forehand and can play well on different surfaces.

"It's just whether he's consistent or not, so that's what we're going to see. I lost to him both times that I played against him.

"If I get a chance to play against him… I'll look forward to that because he's in-form. On the other hand, I started the season very well. I hope I can restart here where I stopped in Australia."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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