Kei Nishikori vs. Stan Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 27, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Stanislas Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori meet Tuesday in the 2015 Australian Open quarterfinals.
Stanislas Wawrinka has lost just one set to get to this point, and it came in his last match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Despite winning most sets, Wawrinka has made at least 30 unforced errors in all four matches and has gotten less than 45 percent of his first serves in play in two of his matches. Needless to say, Wawrinka has shown much better form in the past and isn’t exactly playing his best tennis if he hopes to repeat as the Australian Open champion. However, Stan Wawrinka did hit 15 aces and 70 winners in his last match, proving that he may be turning the page as we enter the key rounds of the tournament. All in all, Wawrinka is an experienced player who has made at least the quarterfinals in now five of his last six majors.
Kei Nishikori continues to accomplish bigger and better things, as this is now his second time appearing at least in the quarterfinals of a major. Nishikori remains as flashy as ever, as he’s hit at least 43 winners in his last three matches and has a combined 22 aces in his last two matches. Kei Nishikori has lost just two sets all tournament and has clearly improved his nerves now that he has some success playing in majors. However, Nishikori is coming off a match against David Ferrer where he had 44 unforced errors, a number that must go down if he hopes to win this match against an accomplished opponent. Still, Nishikori is a dangerous player due to his ability to make tough shots and cover a ton of ground.
Wawrinka has won both of the meetings between these two players with the most recent match coming in the 2012 Cincinnati Masters. In fact, Wawrinka has yet to lose a set against Nishikori in there only two matches, both which took place in 2012.
Overall, this should be a hell of a match between two players who can make ridiculous shots and put on a show. While I like Nishikori’s form a little more, the value is on the defending champ and the plus money. Wawrinka has yet to play his best tennis in this tournament and it could come after nearly blowing his last match.