Nishikori vs. Del Potro
|Date & Time||Sunday March 25, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Juan Martin Del Potro and Kei Nishikori meet in the third round of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a three sets win over Robin Haase that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Del Potro won 79 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Del Potro was pushed to a third set for the fourth time in his last five matches, but he cruised in the third and continues what has been an incredible start to the 2018 season. Del Potro is healthy, moving well, hitting his spots and simply blasting his service game, rarely losing points on his first serve. After just winning the Indian Wells, you have to wonder if that will carry over to Miami, as Del Potro has had very little success playing in South Florida. Del Potro has won 12 straight matches on hard court.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a three sets win over John Millman that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 65 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori has also played three sets in each of his last three matches, as he hopes to find consistent form after spending some recent time in Challenger play. Nishikori showed flashes of being his old self in his victory, but he also had eight double faults and only got 58 percent of his first serve in play. We know what Nishikori is capable of when healthy, but he’s struggled with injuries the last couple of years and usually has a hard time dealing with the overwhelming heat in outdoor play. Nishikori has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times and Del Potro has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 Citi Open, a match Nishikori won in straight sets. Nishikori has actually won two of the last three meetings against Del Potro, but is 1-2 against him on outdoor hard court.
If Nishikori was in great form, this would be a hell of a match that would probably be closer to a coin flip. However, Nishikori has been hit or miss in his last several tournaments and hasn’t looked dialed in since last years French Open. Not to mention Del Potro is playing possibly the best tennis of his life right now.
Del Potro rolls in this match.