Pablo Andujar and Kei Nishikori will clash in what should be an entertaining second round to the US Open.
Pablo Andujar won his first round match once Jack Sock retired in the third set. The match was pretty even, but Andujar took the first set from Sock and appeared to have the slight upper hand throughout the match. The victory just adds to what has been a decent year for Pablo Andujar, as he won the Swiss Open, has been solid in doubles and reached the quarterfinals in Hamburg. Andujar has always been a player to watch out for throughout the season, as he’s had a decent career at these smaller tournaments, but his success at grand slams is certainly something he’d like to improve. Pablo Andujar is just 10-21 at grand slams in his career and has never made it past the second round in any event, including the US Open.
Kei Nishikori won his first round match against Wayne Odesnik in three quick sets, a match that needed just 26 games to be decided. After participating in just the Citi Open since the Wimbledon, Nishikori looks fresh and is making those difficult shots look fairly easy as he usually does. At the young age of 24, Kei Nishikori continues to climb up the leaderboard and is quietly making a strong attempt to creep into the Top 10 rankings. Nishikori has won eight of his last 11 matches and remains one of those sneaky players you’d like to avoid at all possible due to his craftiness on the tennis court. However, while Nishikori does have the skill set to beat anybody when on his A game, he’s just a mediocre 8-5 at the US Open in his career and is looking to reach the third round of the tournament for the first time since 2012.
These two have played each other twice and have split the series, with Pablo Andujar winning their most recent match at the 2013 Madrid Masters. Kei Nishikori won their only hard court meeting in a 2011 meeting in Winston-Salem.
This should be an entertaining matchup because both have the ability to hit winners and make great shots. However, Kei Nishikori is fresh and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes one of the most dangerous players in tennis once he nails down his consistency.
Give me Nishikori for the victory.