Kei Nishikori vs. Laslo Djere
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Kei Nishikori and Laslo Djere meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a four sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that took 40 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 71 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 15 break points. Nishikori got 69 percent of his first serves in play and saved nine of his 13 break points. Nishikori had to dig deep in a three hour match that felt like it could have gone either way, but he stayed disciplined and made just enough shots to get the job done late in the fourth set. Nishikori looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth straight time. Nishikori looks to make the fourth round of the French Open for the fifth straight time. Nishikori has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.
Laslo Djere is coming off a straight sets win over Alexei Popyrin that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Djere won 79 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Djere won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his nine break points. Djere got 66 percent of his first serves in play and saved all six of his break points. Djere has won all six sets this tournament and has been broken just once in his last five sets. Djere has a chance to win three straight matches for the second time in his last four tournaments. Djere hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Djere has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Djere is enjoying his breakout season that includes some grand slam success and a pair of wins over top-10 players. Djere has a shot to keep this match competitive if he continues to serve the way he has as of late. The problem is there’s nothing that Djere can throw at Nishikori that he hasn’t seen yet, and he was just very solid at getting the return in play against an elite server in Tsonga. Nishikori has become very consistent in grand slam play these past few years and just passed a major test that should give him the confidence to keep this thing going.
Nishikori should win this match comfortably, likely in straight sets.