Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Nikoloz Basilashvili meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Moselle Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Peter Gojowczyk that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 79 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 69 percent of his total service points and saved both break points to win the match in just over an hour and a half. We know the defensive effort and the return ability are always going to be there with Nishikori, but when he’s serving this well, he’s capable of beating anybody you put in front of him due to that balance. Nishikori has now won 14 of his last 19 matches, proving that his injury issues that limited him earlier in the year are likely a thing of the past. Nishikori has won nine of his last 10 matches on indoor hard court.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is coming off a three sets win over Ugo Humbert that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Basilashvili won 80 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Basilashvili made a nice comeback after dropping a first set tiebreak, and he won 67 percent of his total service points while producing 12 aces. Basilashvili has been on quite a roll lately, as he’s now won 12 of his last 15 matches and has been highly impressive with his first serve. If Basilashvili can continue to produce double-digit aces and hit the ball with great pace, he has a chance to make a final appearance in this event. Basilashvili hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the third time in his last five tries. Basilashvili has lost four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous match history between these two players.
Basilashvili has a chance to be a live underdog based on his serving ability, but he’s playing Nishikori, who not only has an extra day of rest but is playing his best tennis of the year. When Nishikori is playing at a high level, he rarely loses to lesser players. Nishikori will be able to get plenty of balls in play and force Basilashvili to win longer rallies than he wants.
Nishikori reaches the semifinals on straight sets.