Indian Wells - Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, two of the ATP tour's most explosive young talents, will clash at the Indian Wells Masters after second-round victories on Sunday.
Australia's 15th-seeded Kyrgios defeated Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 to book the third-round date with 18th-seeded German Zverev, who defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis 7-6 (12/10, 6-3.
"I'm looking forward to it," Kyrgios, 21, said of facing Zverev. "We have been obviously close mates for a long time. I played juniors with him. I played him once in juniors, and I thought he had a big game then. He's obviously put it together. He's had some great results, beaten some big names."
Kyrgios notched a big win of his own this month, when he toppled world number two Novak Djokovic in Acapulco en route to the semi-finals.
"I got a lot of confidence from that. I knew I had to have a great serving day," said the Aussie, who rained 25 aces on the 12-time Grand Slam champion. "I think he's the most complete player of everyone I have ever played. I have drawn a lot of confidence from that."
However, he was expecting a tough test from Zverev.
"I think serving is the key here," Kyrgios said. "You've got to try and make a lot of first serves and play aggressive. I have been serving pretty well and I kept that up today, which is good.
"I'm trying to play more doubles and I think that's already helping me with my volleys and my transition game. The way I have been playing doubles is carrying over to my singles and that's been helping me a lot."
Results on Sunday in the BNP Paribas Open ATP Masters/WTA
tournament in Indian Wells, California (x denotes seeded player):
Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x6) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP x32) 7-5, 6-3
Jack Sock (USA x17) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x12) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-4, 6-0
Lucas Pouille (FRA x14) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 6-2
Donald Young (USA) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Gilles Muller (LUX x25) bt Jirí Veselý (CZE) 7-6 (7/1), 6-1
Kei Nishikori (JPN x4) bt Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-3, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x5) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-3, 6-2
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x26) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Steve Johnson (USA x24) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-4, 3-6,
Roger Federer (SUI) bt Stéphane Robert (FRA) 6-2, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS x15) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 6-3, 6-4
Alexander Zverev (GER x18) bt Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 7-6 (12/10), 6-3
Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG x31) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Karolína Pliskova (CZE x3) bt Irina Camelia Begu (ROM x29) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x15) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x18) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10/8)
Elina Svitolina (UKR x10) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) 6-2, 6-1
Garbine Muguruza (ESP x7) bt Kayla Day (USA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x5) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x19) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE x17)
Caroline Garcia (FRA x21) bt Johanna Konta (GBR x11) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x26) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1