Kei Nishikori vs. Mikhail Kukushkin
|Date & Time||Monday July 8, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Kei Nishikori and Mikhail Kukushkin meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Steve Johnson that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 85 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 14 break points. Nishikori got 75 percent of his first serves in play, faced just one break point and hit 23 winners. Nishikori has won all nine sets this tournament and his last two matches have been completed under two hours. Nishikori hopes to make his 12th career grand slam quarterfinal and second at Wimbledon. A win here gives Nishikori his fifth straight grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Nishikori has won nine of his last 10 matches on grass court.
Mikhail Kukushkin is coming off a four sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff that took 44 games to decide. In the victory, Kukushkin won 66 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Kukushkin won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 13 break points. Kukushkin got 71 percent of his first serves in play, saved 13 of his 15 break points and hit 47 winners. Kukushkin has played 12 sets to get to this point and has hit 35 or more winners in all three matches. Kukushkin looks to make his first career grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Kukushkin’s only other grand slam fourth round appearance came in the 2012 Australian Open. Kukushkin has three career wins over top-10 players, with the most recent win coming last year at the Erste Bank Open. Kukushkin has split his last six matches on grass court.
Nishikori has won all nine matches against Kukushkin, including the most recent match last year in Vienna. The only match on grass came in 2012 Wimbledon, which Nishikori won in straight sets. Seven of the nine matches have been decided in straight sets.
Kukushkin has a chance to make this match competitive with the way he’s served as of late and the amount of winners he can hit. Kukushkin cane take the racket out of his opponents hands when he’s hitting his spots, and that always gives him a punchers chance. The problem is Nishikori usually wins the matches he’s supposed to win and I have zero worries about him when he’s fresh. Nishikori hasn’t hard to work hard at all through three matches, meaning there’s plenty left in that gas tank. The h2h numbers also don't lie, winning all nine matches and seven in straights.
Nishikori makes his fifth straight grand slam quarterfinal appearance.