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The BNP Paribas Open provided a coming attraction of major champions, says Chrissie Evert.

Nick Kyrgios' third-round conquest of Alexander Zverev showcased two players who will be the next two break through and win their first Grand Slam titles, the former world No. 1 said.

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In a conference call with the media to promote ESPN2's coverage of Indian Wells, which continues with today's quarterfinals, Evert said Kyrgios and Zverev will both win major championships as they grow stronger. 

"I look at Kyrgios, and he's very capable, and I look at Zverev, those two to me would be the next in line (to win Grand Slams) that might not happen until next year or the year after," Evert told the media. "It's all about being fit. These three-out-of-five-set matches on a hard court, your body is just being slammed every time, year after year after year, and it's really becoming more and more important to stay in shape and heal your body and take those rests and rehab what's sore and what's injured.

"That part of the game is almost like 75 percent of the game now, and actually going out and playing is like 25 percent because it's all about being injured now and being healthy with these long matches.

"But I mean, when I look at the way Kyrgios has played this week, and I've always liked Zverev, well, in the last year I've liked him, so I predict one of those two is going to be the next one to win a Grand Slam."

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