Kei Nishikori vs. Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 13, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
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Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis ATP Finals.
Kevin Anderson is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 91 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Anderson won 78 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point. Anderson continues what has been an impressive stretch on indoor hard court and is coming off a match in which he won 40 of his 44 first serve points. If Anderson can serve like that the rest of the tournament, he’s a legit threat to win this event. Anderson has won nine of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Roger Federer that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 78 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 71 percent of his total service points and broke on both of his break points. Nishikori managed to win a match in which he had six winners and 22 unforced errors, something that should give him confidence moving forward. If Nishikori can win matches without hitting a lot of winners, it just shows how much more of a complete player he’s become during this recent winning stretch. Each of Nishikori’s last six victories have been decided in straight sets. Nishikori has won seven of his last nine matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played nine times and Nishikori has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Paris Masters, a mach Nishikori won in straight sets. These two have split the four meetings this year. Six of the nine meetings have been decided in straight sets.
Nishikori just beat Anderson rather easily a couple of weeks ago and has owned the head to head overall. While Anderson has the x-factor in his serve and the aces, Nishikori counters that well with his return ability and defense. Nishikori forces Anderson into longer rallies than he likes, and it gives him the edge.
I’ll back Nishikori to beat Anderson yet again.