Japanese tennis superstar, Kei Nishikori will be playing at the 2019 ATP Madrid Masters. Nishikori will begin his campaign in the second round where he will play against Hugo Dellien from Bolivia.
Kei Nishikori last played at the ATP Barcelona Open where the Japanese player had a strong campaign by making the semifinals. It is important to note that Nishikori had been playing poorly prior to arriving at Barcelona as he had failed to make impacts at the Monte Carlo Masters, Miami Masters and Indian Wells Masters. That being said, Nishikori looked in great form in Barcelona as he beat the likes of Felix Auger Aliassime and Taylor Fritz. Kei Nishikori has an exceptional record at the Madrid Masters as he has a win rate of 73%. Nishikori finished second at this tournament in 2014 and has made the semifinals on 2 other occasions. With a return in form taking place in Barcelona, I see Kei Nishikori being a serious title contender at this event.
On the other side of the coin, Hugo Dellien made it into the second round by winning his previous match in 3 sets. It was a solid performance where Dellien won 73% of his service games and 5 return games. This is expected to be a very tough match for Hugo Dellien as he is competing against one of the top players in the world.
This will be the first time that Kei Nishikori and Hugo Dellien will face each other.
Taking everything into notice, I am going to pick Kei Nishikori to win this match. Nishikori played well in Barcelona and I expect the Japanese superstar to be at his best in Madrid considering his record. Nishikori is the stronger player and I see him making it into the third round of the tournament.