Matthias Bachinger vs. Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Matthias Bachinger meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Moselle Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a three sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 83 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 67 percent of his total service points, produced 10 aces and converted on five of his 12 break points. Nishikori has now won 15 of his last 20 matches and seems to be improving his serving percentages whenever he takes the court. Again, Nishikori always brings the effort defensively and with his return, but it’s when he’s serving well that puts him over the top and in the class of the top tier tennis players. With the field opened up the way it has, there’s no reason to think Nishikori shouldn’t be the favorite to win this title. Nishikori hopes to make his second final appearance of the year and his 24th final appearance of his career. Nishikori has won 10 of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.
Matthias Bachinger is coming off a three sets win over Yannick Maden that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Bachinger won 62 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Bachinger won 59 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 14 break points. Bachinger has now won eight of his last 10 sets and is winning these matches despite not doing anything spectacular. A victory here would probably the biggest win of Bachinger’s career given the lack of overall success he’s had. Bachinger has a chance to make his first ever ATP singles final appearance at 31 years old. Bachinger has won five straight matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Nishikori has won both meetings. The most recent match was in Halle of this year, a match Nishikori won in straight sets. The other match was in Dallas of this year, a match Nishikori won in three sets.
Give Bachinger credit for making it this far and having a chance at his first ever final appearance, but it ends here. Not only has Nishikori made light work of Bachinger twice this year, but he’s an even better player than he was back then. Nishikori is no longer battling injury issues and playing at 50 percent. When Nishikori is moving well, hitting his shots with confidence and not being forced to retire due to pain, he rarely loses to lesser players.
Nishikori makes his second final appearance of the year.