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ATP Citi Open 2022: Aug 07

By Adam Ortega

Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Nick Kygrios:

Championship Sunday has arrived in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. That brings an exciting day of tennis that will culminate in lifting the Citi Open ATP Tour Men's Championship trophy. Two very different personalities will step onto the court. The first is Yoshihito Nishioka, aiming to win his second ATP Tour tournament. The second more notable name is the always entertaining Nick Kygrios. One interesting fact that both players have in common is that they both have won tour titles on hard courts. Something has to give on Sunday, as both will meet on the hard courts of Washington D.C. as they prepare for their U.S. Open campaigns. 

For Nishioka, what a week it has been. Only one other time has he made it to and won a tour final. That happened in Shenzhen in 2018 at an ATP 250 level tournament. This circumstance is much different as the ATP Tour Citi Open is a level 500 event. This current event level provides more ranking points than the tournament mentioned above. On Saturday night, Nishioka had arguably the most significant career win when he took down Andrey Rublev (World No. 8). Not only did he win, but he defeated him in straight sets. Beating Rublev should be a great confidence booster going into his match against his opponent on Sunday.

Nick Kygrios brings lots of excitement to the ATP Tour. That includes controversy off the court, controversy on the court, and anything he can fit in-between. I feel tennis followers need a personality like Kygrios to keep things lively. More recently, Kygrios had a great run in the lead-up events to Wimbledon. He parlayed that into his best result as the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Men's Finals. Nothing seems to have changed in Washington D.C. As my Citi Open Preview article noted, I predicted Nick Kygrios to win this Citi Open Championship. Oddly enough, my reasoning is that Nick has finally found stability in the form of his present girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi. Whether many people like to admit it or not, having a stable personal life for athletes does yield good results.

My pick before the tournament began was for Kygrios to win the tournament. Nick is too big of a favorite at -525 money line to lay anything near that number. Let's shift our focus to the Total, as it relates to the number of games played in this match. At BetRivers Sportsbook, their Total is set at 22.5 games. Kygrios should win in straight sets to fulfill my Citi Open Preview article prediction, and keep this tennis match Under 22.5 games at -125. 

PICK: Under 22.5 games (-125) at BetRivers

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