Dimitrov vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Friday July 29, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov square off in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Rajeev Ram that took 19 games to decide. Nishikori has won both of his matches this tournament in straight sets and has now won 10 straight sets dating back to the Wimbledon. When Nishikori is healthy and hitting his spots with confidence, he’s one of the tougher players on tour to play. Nishikori has looked sharp this tournament and seems recovered from his bumps and bruises that forced him to retire from the Wimbledon in the round of 16. Nishikori has won four straight quarterfinal appearances. Nishikori has won 11 of his last 13 matches on hard court.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over Ivo Karlovic that took 21 games to decide. Dimitrov has now won three straight matches and seems like a more confident player than he was entering this tournament. Dimitrov has had a rough 2016 overall and many mental lapses that have allowed lesser talented players to beat him. However, when confident and in good form, Dimitrov is easily one of the most talented players on the men's side. Dimitrov has won three of his last four quarterfinal appearances. Dimitrov has won seven of his last 11 matches on hard court.
These two have played twice in the past and Nishikori has won both meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2014 Miami Masters. This will be the third match on hard court.
Dimitrov is playing some good tennis right now, but I don’t trust him against elite players such as Nishikori. Dimitrov has just three wins over top-10 players since 2015 and his mental game is very fragile.
Give me Nishikori to win this match.