Kevin Anderson vs. Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Paris Masters.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 77 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 74 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in the hour and a half victory. Nishikori has been broken once in the last three matches he’s won, and it’s that improved serve that’s allowed him to win 18 of his last 23 matches. Nishikori hasn’t always been the cleanest server in the world, but him recently hitting his spots with more consistency has led to his best stretch of the season. Nishikori has won nine of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.
Kevin Anderson is coming off a three sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 86 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Anderson won 75 percent of his total service points and saved all three of his break points. Anderson had 18 aces in a victory that took a little over two hours, and he’s been on the winning side in eight of his last nine matches overall. As long as Anderson is getting those free points with his serve and not facing break points, he’s still one of the tougher players to face, especially on hard court. Anderson hasn’t lost the second match of a tournament since Cincinnati. Anderson has won eight of his last nine matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played eight times and Nishikori has won five of those matches. The most recent meeting was in Vienna of this year, a match Anderson won in straight sets. These two have split the six matches on hard court. Five of the eight matches have been decided in straight sets.
It’s hard to pick against Anderson considering he just beat Nishikori a few days ago rather easily and his form is the same. However, Nishikori is a different player outside of final matches, and he still owns the head to head against the South African. As long as Nishikori is serving well, he’s the more balanced player and has the defense to give Anderson issues.
This is close to a toss-up, but I still side with Nishikori, even though he burned me the last time these two played.