Medvedev vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 18, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Daniil Medvedev meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Monte Carlo Masters.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 78 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori is coming off his best ATP performance, as he showed great fight coming back after dropping the first set and managed to win 48 percent of his return points. Nishikori has struggled to get his feet wet in 2018, but he showed flashes of returning to form in his first round victory and a few wins this tournament could be the turnaround he needed. However, we need to see a more complete performance from Nishikori before we can put any real stock into him moving froward. Nishikori has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a three sets win over Marton Fucsovics that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 72 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev is coming off his first clay court win since Hamburg of 2016, and he did so by giving himself 14 break chances and crushing his first serve. Medvedev has played a lot of tennis so far this season and has had his moments, but this surface hasn’t been kind to him over the years. Medvedev will have success if he can continue to be aggressive with his return. Medvedev hopes to make the third round of a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 for the second time in his career. Medvedev has lost five of his last six matches on clay court.
This will be the first ever match between these two players.
We made money on Nishikori as an underdog, and he played really well in those final two sets to get the victory. This is a favorable match again for the Japanese player, as Medvedev has no recent clay success to speak of and is coming off a marathon first round match against a barely top-100 player.
Nishikori should cruise here.