Kei Nishikori vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Sunday April 3, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori meet Sunday afternoon in the Miami Masters Final.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 23 games to decide. Djokovic has won seven straight matches in straight sets, and he’s lost just one singles match overall since the Australian Open. Djokovic continues to play at an elite level and doesn’t look like he’s going to lose a match anytime soon. However, there’s some hope, as Djokovic has been pushed at times this tournament against Goffin and Dominic Thiem. Still, Djokovic has been in control of every match and buckles down when he needs to. It’s Djokovic’s world, and the rest of the field is living in it. Djokovic looks for his sixth career title at the Miami Masters. Djokovic has lost two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles since 2013.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 21 games to decide. Nishikori has won 14 of his last 17 matches, and he should be fresh for this match after playing two sets in five of his last six matches. Nishikori has done a nice job of limiting his errors as of late, and he’s still the creative shotmaker he’s been throughout his career, which will give him a chance in this match if he can continue to play at a consistent level. Nishikori has beaten seven top-10 players since last season. This is Nishikori’s second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final appearance and first since the 2014 Madrid Open. Nishikori has never won a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.
These two have played eight times in the past, and Djokovic has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year’s Australian Open, a match Novak won in straight sets. Nishikori’s only wins over Djokovic came in the 2014 US Open and the 2011 Basel Open. This will be the eighth time they play together on hard court.
I’ve always been a big fan of Nishikori, and I’d love to see him win his first big title. However, you can’t bet against Djokovic, as he’s head and shoulders the best player in the world right now and continues to flex his muscle in the big matches.
While I’ll be rooting for the other side, Djokovic wins yet again.