Cilic vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Monday July 4, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic square off in the fourth round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Andrey Kuznetsov that took two hours to finish. In the victory, Nishikori won 46 of 64 first serve points and racked up 23 winners and 14 unforced errors. Nishikori looks sharp out on the court and has produced 71 winners in his last two matches. Nishikori has his speed back on his service game and has made very few errors to get to this point. Nishikori can make his first Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance with a win here. Nishikori hopes to make the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2015. Nishikori has won eight of his last 11 matches on grass.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Lukas Lacko that took less than two hours. In the victory, Cilic won 43 of 44 first serve points and racked up 44 winners and 19 unforced errors. Cilic is coming off the service game of his life and has actually produced 106 winners in his last two matches alone. Cilic is hitting the hell out of the ball at the moment and looks like a player who has had success in this tournament in the past. Cilic is a scary player at the moment on grass. Cilic hopes to make his third straight Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance. Cilic has won six of his last seven matches on grass.
These two have played 10 times in the past and Nishikori has won seven of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Tokyo Open, a match Nishikori won in three sets. Nishikori has beaten Cilic in five of the last six meetings and this will be the first match on grass.
Both guys are playing well at the moment, but Nishikori’s shotmaking and athleticism gives him the advantage here over Cilic’s power. Also can’t ignore the glaring head to head advantage.
Give me Nishikori in four sets.