Ramos-Vinolas vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Saturday August 6, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas meet in the first round of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Kei Nishikori enters this tournament in good form after making the finals of the Canadian Masters and giving Novak Djokovic a fight in straight sets. Despite a few hiccups here and there, Nishikori has been rather consistent this season and has won 14 of his last 17 sets. Nishikori has also gotten a lot more comfortable on the big stage over the years, and he did make the quarterfinals of the 2012 olympics. As long as Nishikori is keeping his unforced errors to a minimum and hitting his spots, he’s going to be a oguh out this tournament. Nishikori has won 12 of his last 15 matches on hard court.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas enters this tournament after splitting his last eight matches and pretty much being hit or miss all season long. Even with Ramos-Vinolas being a mixed bag, he did win the Swedish Open last month and did reach the quarterfinals of the French Open before losing to Stan Wawrinka. It’s going to be interesting to see how Ramos-Vinolas handels playing in his first olympics and how he does on hard court, as his game and most success favor clay. Still, Ramos-Vinolas is not a player to look over as he’s capable of a surprise or two. Ramos-Vinolas has two career wins over top-10 players with the most recent coming against Milos Raonic in this year's French Open. Ramos-Vinolas has lost nine of his last 13 matches on hard court.
These two have played five times in the past and Nishikori has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in Barcelona in 2013, a match Ramos-Vinolas won in straight sets.
Ramos-Vinolas is not at his best on hard court and could struggle to keep up with Nishikori’s shotmaking and defensive ability. This match highly favors Nishikori.
Give me Nishikori in straight sets.