Bolelli vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Monday May 23, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kei Nishikori and Simone Bolelli meet in the first round of the 2016 French Open.
Kei Nishikori enters this tournament with some momentum after winning 10 of his last 13 matches. Nishikori is coming off a semifinal appearance in the Rome Masters and reached the final of the Barcelona Open. Nishikori has lost just five matches since Indian Wells and should be confident with him performing a lot better in grand slams the past couple of seasons. When Nishikori is hitting his spots, he’s a tough out and a dark horse to make a serious run in this tournament. Nishikori lost in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2014. Nishikori lost in the first round of the French Open once in his career.
Simone Bolelli has played just two matches since the Miami Masters and is dealing with a knee injury. The knee injury kept Bolelli out of the Rome Masters and a lack of matches under his belt is sure to create layers of rust. Bolelli has lost five of his last singles matches and continues to have far more success in doubles. Bolelli’s goal is to eventually become a top-40 player again, but that’s clearly not going to happen until he gets healthy. Bolelli has made it out of the first round of a grand slam six of his last eight appearances. Bolelli has been eliminated in the first round of the French Open three times.
Nishikori won both meetings against Bolelli which took place in the 2015 and 2014 Wimbledon. Both matches went five sets. This will obviously be the first time these two play on clay court.
Bolelli continues to struggle in singles play and a lack of recent matches won’t help him against a top-10 player. Nishikori is rolling right now and I expect that to continue.
Nishikori wins this match in straight sets.