National Bank Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios, Karen Khachanov and Others Battle It Out on Day 2, Livestream, When and Where to Watch

Published 08/09/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – JULY 29: Nick Kyrgios of Australia is seen during a match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain at the Truist Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 29, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Casey Sykes/Getty Images)


The National Bank Open begins today and the men’s singles category promises some action-packed matches. The draws came out two days ago and they have not let the fans down. With a strong and competitive draw involving Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the same half, the fans can expect an entertaining tournament in Toronto.

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However, Nick Kyrgios will surely be the man of the hour tomorrow when he takes on Reilly Opelka.

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Schedule for tomorrow’s matches: Nick Kyrgios vs Reilly Opelka

Nick Kyrgios will be back on court after a disappointing end to his Citi Open campaign last week. The Aussie crashed out of the tournament in Washington after losing against Mackenzie McDonald. However, the flamboyant and energetic player that he is, Kyrgios can only go on to become better from hereon.

In his way stands Reilly Opelka of the US, who is himself having trouble this year. The American is going through a 9-13 win-loss record this year and has dropped down to World No.36 in ATP rankings. The battle between the two talents will be hard to miss out on as the winner will possibly face a charged-up Rafael Nadal in the third round.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates victory after winning the Men’s Final match against Ryan Harrison of the USA during day eight of the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 7, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Lloyd Harris vs Brayden Schnur

Home favorite Brayden Schnur will have to work his way through the match against Lloyd Harris. The South African is fresh from a good run at the Citi Open, having defeated Spanish legend Rafael Nadal.

And this match holds great significance in order to see who meets the Spaniard in the second round.

Lloyd will be the favorite to win the tie and set up a repeat between him and Nadal in the second round. However, there is no way the fans can eradicate the possibility of an upset.

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Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Lloyd Harris of South Africa celebrates against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Norrie vs Karen Khachanov

Fresh from an Olympic medal-winning campaign, Karen Khachanov has a tough ask ahead of his National Bank Open campaign. The British star won the Los Cabos Open earlier in July and will be filled with confidence.

Karen Khachanov will be aiming for redemption in Toronto after settling for silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. His loss against Alexander Zverev was the result of a poor performance from his side. However, Khachanov has the best shot at regaining his form before the commencement of the US Open.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 02: Karen Khachanov of Russia walks out to play in his match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during Day 2 of the 48th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament at Ahoy on March 02, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

When and where to watch?

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The first-round matches will be telecasted at different times tomorrow, beginning at 1:30 am IST. However, the other matches, including Kyrgios vs Opelka, will begin a little late. The other match timings are yet to be decided by the authorities.

Viewers can stream the tournament on Tennis TV and Sportsnet. Other options also involve viewing the matches on the National Bank Open official site.

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Who will come out on top tomorrow and perform the best?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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