Kei Nishikori vs. Diego Schwartzman
|Date & Time||Saturday September 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Diego Schwartzman and Kei Nishikori meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Diego Schwartzman is coming off a four sets win over Jaume Munar that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 69 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman won 62 percent of his total service points and hit 43 winners in a match just under three hours. Schwartzman has been in complete control of his first two matches and has combined for 79 winners this tournament. Schwartzman now looks to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the French Open. Schwartzman hopes to make his fourth career grand slam fourth round appearance. Schwartzman looks for back-to-back US Open fourth round appearances. Schwartzman has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Gael Monfils that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 63 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori was on his way to winning the first two sets before the Frenchman retired late in the second set. Nishikori has now played just over three hours of tennis in his first two matches, which is key for somebody who has been dealing with injury issues all season long. Nishikori hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the ninth time in his last 10 tries. Nishikori has been bounced before the fourth round of the US Open in five of his previous eight appearances. Nishikori has split his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Nishikori won both meetings in three sets. The most recent match was in the 2017 Madrid Masters. This will be the first ever match between these players on hard court.
A fresh Nishikori is dangerous for anybody due to his quickness, conditioning and athleticism. His defense and movement will be key in this match, and the fact he’s beaten Schwartzman on clay twice is concerning, as he usually plays his best on hard court. And while Schwartzman has sprayed a lot of winners up to this point, he has too many unforced errors that allows a top tier player to take advantage.
Nishikori gets the best of Schwartzman for the third time.