Santiago Giraldo and Kei Nishikori meet Wednesday in the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon.
Santiago Giraldo is coming off a two hour straight sets victory over Joao Souza. Giraldo got 69 percent of his first serves in play and won 64 percent of those points. Giraldo won 64 percent of his net points and hit seven aces. Giraldo broke on six of his 14 chances and hit 18 winners to advance to his third straight grand slam second round. Giraldo also had just 23 unforced errors, making this a painless and very clean game for the 27-year-old. The concern with Giraldo is that he’ll have to be more aggressive in coming to the net if he hopes to take that next step. Giraldo has been eliminated in the second round or earlier in 10 of his last 11 grand slam appearances.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a three and a half hour five set victory over Simone Bolelli. Nishikori got just 59 percent of his first serves in play and won 74 percent of those points. Nishikori won 67 percent of his net points and hit 14 aces. Nishikori won 68 percent of his second serve points and hit 46 winners. The only real concern with Nishikori is that he is dealing with a calf injury, which was the main issue with the match going longer than it probably should have. Nishikori hasn’t been eliminated in the second round of a grand slam since the 2011 French Open. Nishikori has reached the third round of the Wimbledon three times in his career.
These two have played seven times in the past, and Nishikori has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in Barcelona this season, a match that Nishikori won in just 15 games. Giraldo’s only victory over Nishikori was in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters. This will be the first time these two have met on grass.
This match scares me a little simply because I’m not sure how Nishikori’s calf is going to hold up. Especially after a long five set match. I think Giraldo can steal a set, but Nishikori should be able to still win the match.