Stan Wawrinka vs Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)|
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Japanese tennis superstar, Kei Nishikori is set to play against Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland in the semifinals of the 2019 ATP Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands.
Stan Wawrinka won his previous match in straight sets as he beat Denis Shapovalov. During the win, Wawrinka served very efficiently as he won around 70% of his service points which ensured he won over 80% of his service games. As far as receiving was concerned, Wawrinka was impressive in his regards also as he won 3 break points. It has been a strong tournament for Stan Wawrinka as he has not lost a single set in the entire event. Wawrinka is a very experienced player having won 3 Grand Slam title so he will feel very relaxed as he enters this match.
Similar to his opponent, Kei Nishikori has also been in very good form prior to this match as he beat his previous opponent in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Nishikori as he won 60% of his receiving points which allowed him to win 5 return games. In addition to that, Nishikori served well to ensure he won close to 80% of his service games. Nishikori has been playing exceptional tennis prior to this event as he won the Brisbane International and made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka have played 9 times in the past with the current head-to-head record 5-4 in the favour of Wawrinka. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Cincinnati Masters where Stan Wawrinka won in straight sets.
All in all, I am picking Kei Nishikori to win this match. Wawrinka is a very accomplished player but since his injury, he has lacked the quality he once had. Nishikori, on the other hand, is playing incredible tennis and is looking like one of the best players in the world. With that in mind, I see Kei Nishikori winning this match and making the final of the tournament.