Chardy vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Thursday June 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Jeremy Chardy meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a four set win over Thanasi Kokkinakis that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 77 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won his opening match, but he provided 11 break chances for his opponent and won only 25 of 50 second serve points. Nishikori is obviously capable of playing much better and will have to if he hops to make a deep tournament run. Nishikori hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the sixth straight try. Nishikori also looks for his fourth career third round appearance in the French Open. Nishikori has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
Jeremy Chardy is coming off a straight sets win over Radu Albot that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Chardy won 81 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Chardy won his match in just over two hours, as he hit 11 aces, 41 winners and was lights out when he got his first serve in play. In order to pull off an upset here, Chardy must clean up his 46 unforced errors, as that's what helped make the last two sets competitive and forced a third set tiebreak. Chardy looks for his fourth third round grand slam appearance since 2014. Chardy also looks for his sixth third round appearance in the French Open. Chardy has won six of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played seven times in the past and Nishikori has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Australian Open, a match Nishikori won in straight sets. Chardy has not beaten Nishikori since the 2013 Rome Masters, but he is 2-1 against him on clay court.
Nishikori has been so hit or miss over the years, I wouldn't talk you off a ledge if you're looking at Chardy in an upset. He's had the upperhand on clay court and will have the home crowd behind him as well. However, if Nishikori plays better and more consistent, he's going to win this match. He proved he can beat Chardy on clay in Barcelona, and has won the last six sets against him overall.
This may be a four set match, but Nishikori should win.