Seppi vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Thursday April 19, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Andreas Seppi meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Monte Carlo Masters.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 86 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori is coming off a match in which he won 47 percent of his return points and gave himself 10 break chances. Nishikori can still improve his serve, but we’re seeing more and more flashes of him returning to form and being the dangerous player he’s been in years past when healthy. The serve will come once Nishikori gets his legs under him, but for now, he’s still a scary player due to his defense and ability to spray winners when getting deep into a rally. Nishikori has looked sharp in his first two matches. Nishikori hopes to reach his first ever Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal. Nishikori has won eight of his last 10 matches on clay court.
Andreas Seppi is coming off a three sets win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Seppi won 61 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Seppi has played a lot of tennis to get to this point, including six sets in his last two matches, but he continues to be aggressive with his return and is able to hang in there despite being broken a lot. Seppi has shown a great fighting spirit this tournament and should be ready for another battle in the third round. Seppi has a chance to make his first ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal since the 2012 Italian Open. Seppi has won five of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have split the four meetings between them, as Seppi is 2-0 on grass and Nishikori is 2-0 on hard court. The most recent match is in the 2015 Halle Open, a match in which Nishikori retired in the first set. Two of the three completed matches have gone the distance.
Seppi isn’t going to go down easily and has the confidence knowing he’s won 50 percent of the matches against Nishikori. However, Seppi hasn’t been able to serve well this tournament, and that’s not good when going up against a guy like Nishikori, who covers a lot of ground and is solid defensively. Seppi was broken five times in his last match, so you ca only imagine the success Nishikori should have in this match.
Nishikori reaches the quarterfinals.