Tennis fans rage over detail in Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev clash

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) after winning the Citi Open title and (pictured right) Daniil Medvedev during a changeover.
The blockbuster second round clash at the Canadian Open will see Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) and World No.1 Daniil Medvedev (pictured right) play during the day, rather than the prime time slot at night. (Getty Images)

Tennis fans have been left confused as to why the blockbuster clash between World No.1 Daniil Medvedev and the in-form Nick Kyrgios at the Canadian Open has been scheduled for Wednesday's day session rather than in prime time at night.

Following his Citi Open victory in both the singles and doubles, Kyrgios defeated Sebastian Baez to advance to the second round of the Canadian Open where he will play Medvedev.

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Kyrgios is unfortunate to have been drawn with Medvedev in the second round after he was impacted by the ATP Tour's decision to strip Wimbledon from handing out ranking points.

Therefore, Kyrgios' ranking has not skyrocketed and the two favourites will meet in just the second round of the ATP 1000 event.

The tennis world is eagerly awaiting the tantalising match-up.

Kyrgios has now won 14 of his last 15 matches and has risen to No.37 in the ATP rankings.

Medvedev just won the Los Cabos Open in Mexico last week after returning from his ban at Wimbledon.

However, in a 'messy' twist, Canadian Open officials has scheduled the blockbuster match for the afternoon session at around 1pm (local time).

Instead, organisers favoured hometown hopeful and No.6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime against Yoshihito Nishioka for the prime time slot.

This also means Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz will open proceedings against American Tommy Paul at 11am.

The tennis world was quick to slam the decision to place the enigmatic Aussie and fiery Russian on at lunch time instead of after 6.30pm.

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Unfortunately, Kyrgios didn't receive any ranking points for his unprecedented run to the Wimbledon final.

The Aussie followed up his Wimbledon run with his second Citi Open title.

However, the Aussie still sits precariously outside the top-32 seedings for the US Open, unless he continues to climb the rankings before the end of the month.

In contrast, if Wimbledon points had been included this year - they were stripped from the All England Club due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes - Kyrgios would be World No.15.

He would also be No.10 in the race to the ATP Finals.

If Kyrgios keeps up his insane form, the Australian will end up in the seedings before the final grand slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.

Daniil Medvedev (pictured) speaking at a press conference in Los Cabos.
Daniil Medvedev (pictured) will be facing Nick Kyrgios in the second round of the Canadian Open after receiving a first round bye. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

In Montreal, after his victory over Baez, Kyrgios pointed out that ranking points at the moment don't necessarily reflect the ATP Tour.

"Medvedev is coming from a title too and he is the No.1 in the world," Kyrgios said on Tuesday.

"It's not like the rankings mean too much as the guy I played today is ranked ahead of me. But Medvedev is a machine."

The 27-year-old said he is on point physically, but had to work to maintain mental strength in the match played 48 hours after lifting the trophies in the US capital.

"Physically I feel fine, mentally I'm tired," he said. "I've not had much sleep in the last few days.

"I've put Washington behind me already. I've not played great in Montreal in the past, so I'm just trying to create some good memories for myself."

with AAP

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