Kei Nishikori vs. Steve Johnson
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Kei Nishikori and Steve Johnson meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Cameron Norrie that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 79 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 12 break points. Nishikori got 70 percent of his first serves in play and won each of the last seven games to complete the match in under two hours. Nishikori has made light work wit his first two opponents, and that’s key if he hopes to make a deep grand slam run, as he tends to get in these marathon matches that physically drain him. Nishikori hopes to make his sixth straight grand slam fourth round appearance and his fourth ever at the Wimbledon. Nishikori has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.
Steve Johnson is coming off a five sets win over Alex De Minaur that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Johnson won 74 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Johnson won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his four break points. Johnson got 57 percent of his first serves in play, saved seven of his 10 break points and hit 12 aces. Johnson was able to muscle way through a physical three and a half hour match, and he now looks to win three straight matches for the first time since last years Winston-Salem. Johnson hopes to make his second career grand slam fourth round appearance and first since 2016 Wimbledon. Johnson has four career wins over top-10 players, with the most recent coming in last years U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Johnson has won four of his last six matches on grass court.
Nishikori has won all four matches against Johnson, including the most recent match in 2016 Indian Wells. Three of the four matches were decided in straight sets. This will be the second match on grass, with the first coming in 2014 Halle, the first ever match between these two.
Johnson has the game that should make him a successful grass court player, but he hasn’t been that successful pretty much anywhere over the last year and some change. Two wins doesn’t change the fact that Johnson has been an early exit in majority of the tournaments he’s played dating back to last year. Regardless, Nishikori has owned the previous four meetings against Johnson and he’s head and shoulders the fresher player through two matches.
A fresh Nishikori is tough to deal with.