Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Guido Pella - 2020 Kitzbuhel Open First Round
Tuesday, September 8 2020
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Yoshihito Nishioka meets Guido Pella in the first round of the 2020 Kitzbuhel Open, will Nishioka make it past the first round here, or will he suffer heartbreak as he did at the US Open?
Yoshihito Nishioka was in line to have a career performance against Andy Murray in the first round of the 2020 US Open, leading 2 sets to 0 and eventually leading by a break in a fifth set. Nishioka could not withstand the pressure in the big moments and Andy Murray was able to take this match by the hands and make an incredible comeback which will be remembered for years. Nishioka was incredible in that match and you can't take anything away from him as he moved incredibly around the court and is one of the best left handed players on the tour. I expect Nishioka is one of the favourites to win here in Kitzbuhel, and he will definitely give it his all here.
Guido Pella has not played for a while but he will surely be looking to go far here in Kitzbuhel. Pella has not had the most outstanding career, but he is a very solid baseline player on his day. We saw this last year at Wimbledon when he put on incredible performances and reached the fourth round. Pella has not competed in months and I have not seen him play in any exhibition tournaments over the coronavirus outbreak so it is tough to judge his game play.
This will be the first meeting between the two players, and it is going to be a very tight one in my opinion. Pella is very solid from the baseline and knows he can beat Nishioka on his day, but I think Nishioka is looking for a rebound and a solid performance after being knocked out of the US Open in the first round. I expect Nishioka to come out, play incredibly well as he did in those first two sets against Andy Murray and make his way through to the quarterfinals here in Kitzbuhel. Take Nishioka to win this match, potentially in straight sets.