Kei Nishikori vs. Marton Fucsovics
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
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Kei Nishikori and Marton Fucsovics meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Rotterdam Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Ernests Gulbis that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 70 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his six break points. Nishikori was much more polished in his most recent performance than he was in his opening match, and he’s a legit threat to win this tournament if he’s going to be that effective with his serve. Even with his retirement in the Australian Open, Nishikori has won 10 of his last 11 matches and has taken full advantage of an improved serve. Nishikori has a real shot to win his second title of the year if he can keep up his current form. Nishikori has won five of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
Marton Fucsovics is coming off a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Fucsovics won 73 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Fucsovics won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Fucsovics has won all four sets this tournament and is easily playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in quite some time with wins in six of his last seven matches. Fucsovics has a chance to win three matches i na single tournament for the third time since Rome of last year. Fucsovics has five career wins over top-10 players. Fucsovics has won six of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous meetings between these two players.
Fucsovics has quietly put together some solid performances and could be a player to watch moving forward, but Nishikori has been way too consistent to bet against right now. The only match Nishikori has lost recently was against Novak Djokovic, a meeting where he had nothing left in his legs and was forced to retire. Nishikori in this form is a top-10 player and there’s not many capable of matching his fitness and shotmaking ability.
Nishikori reaches the semifinals, likely in straight sets.