Kei Nishikori vs. Thiago Monteiro
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 2, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Kei Nishikori and Thiago Monteiro meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori hasn’t played an official match since the quarterfinals of the French Open, but he did get down an exhibition match on grass against Lucas Pouille, a meeting he won in straight sets. Nishikori seems to be past his injury issues that bothered him earlier in the year, and he’s been much sharper with his serve during this winning stretch. As long as Nishikori is fresh and moving well, he’s a threat to put together a deep run in this tournament. However, a 65 percent winning percentage at Wimbledon is the lowest percentage for Nishikori of all four grand slams. Nishikori hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2015 US Open. Nishikori has won five of his last six matches on grass court.
Thiago Monteiro won three qualifying matches to get here and will play his first main tour match since the French Open. Monteiro has spent a ton of time in challenger play these past two years and has had almost zero success on the main tour during that span. With that said, Monteiro did beat a top-40 player in Jan-Lennard Struff a couple of months ago in Germany, so he’s capable of competing and hanging around if his opponent doesn’t close the door early. Monteiro has one career win over a top-10 players, which came in 2016 Brazil against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Monteiro hopes to make the second round of a grand slam for the third time in his career. Monteiro has won three of his last four matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
There’s nothing over these last two years that suggests Monteiro can hang in this match. While this may not be Nishikori’s favorite grand slam, he’s fresh and healthy, and he’s an extremely tough out when he’s feeling good about his fitness. This is a more than favorable opening match for the top player from Japan.
Nishikori should win this match in straight sets.