Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 10, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
K. Nishikori +550 / R. Federer -901
Roger Federer is set to play against Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori enters this match having won his previous outing in 4 sets. Overall, it was a good performance by Nishikori as he won 84% of his service games and 5 return games. Neither the serving nor the receiving were dominant by Nishikori by the Japanese superstar did enough to secure the victory.
It has been a relatively comfortable tournament for Kei Nishikori as the Japanese superstar has only dropped 1 set in his 4 matches. It has fair to suggest that Nishikori has had a kind run of fixtures but the player has shown his class to win his matches with ease. This is expected to be a much tougher challenge as Federer waits on the other side of the net.
Looking at Roger Federer, since losing his opening set of the tournament, the Swiss superstar has looked extremely dominant. Federer defeated Matteo Berrettini in straight sets in the previous round. It was a very strong display by Federer as he only lost 5 games in the entire match. The receiving was very strong from Federer as he won 50% of his return points which allowed him to break Matteo Berrettini’s serve on 6 occasions. Roger Federer was exceptional at capitalizing on pressure moments as he won 86% of his break point opportunities.
Roger Federer has a legendary record at Wimbledon as he has won the title on 8 occasions. Leading up to this tournament, Federer had been in outstanding form as he won the Halle Open.
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori have played each other 10 times in the past. Nishikori has won on 3 occasions while Federer has won 7 times. These two players have played on grass once in the past which was in 2014 at the Halle Open. Roger Federer won that match in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match. While Nishikori has played well, the Japanese superstar has not been tested as this is the first time he will face a seeded opponent in this tournament. Federer has looked a class above in this tournament and I see him being too good for Kei Nishikori in this match.