Japanese superstar, Kei Nishikori is set to face Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria in the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Brisbane International in Australia.
Kei Nishikori had a very solid victory in his previous match as he beat Denis Kudla in straight sets to secure a spot in this fixture. During the win, Nishikori’s serve was very strong as he won all of his service games to ensure his opponent had no chances to gain any advantages. Nishikori only allowed his opponent to win 14 points during his serve which meant the Japanese superstar was always ahead of his opponent. In addition to his strong serve, Kei Nishikori also returned serve very well as he won 3 break points which resulted in an easy win for the Japanese player. This match is expected to be a bigger challenge as he is playing a much more accomplished player in Grigor Dimitrov.
Looking at Dimitrov, the Bulgarian also looked good in his previous match as he won that match in straight sets. Dimitrov broke his opponents serve on 4 occasions while only losing 2 service games to win both of the sets he played with ease. Grigor Dimitrov had a very poor 2018 season and while he is looking much better in this tournament, it will be very important for the Bulgarian to start this match well as his confidence has looked low for many months.
Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov have played 5 times in the past with Nishikori having the superior record of 4-1. The most recent times these two players played was at the 2018 Rome Masters where Kei Nishikori won.
As far as this match is concerned, I am picking Kei Nishikori to win. While both players are very accomplished, Nishikori is looking in exceptional form while Dimitrov is looking like a player who is low on confidence. I see Kei Nishikori making it into the semi-finals of this tournament.