Kei Nishikori vs. David Goffin - 2021 Dubai Open Second Round
Tuesday, March 16th 2021
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David Goffin (5) meets Kei Nishikori in the second round of the 2021 Dubai Open on Tuesday, March 16th 2021.
Will Kei Nishikori continue to build on momentum after his very solid first round match victory over Reilly Opelka, or will David Goffin continue to shine in 2021 after his title win in Montpellier a few weeks ago?
David Goffin has been playing some great tennis recently, reaching the high levels of tennis that we have been accustom to seeing him playing at. David Goffin recently won the 2021 Montpellier Open title, his 5th career title, and it is great to see this as this has motivated him and given him the confidence to back his game in tough moments. Goffin is a threat to everyone and anyone when he is on top of his game, and I definitely expect him to put on a show here in Dubai. How far can David Goffin go in 2021 and here at the 2021 Dubai Open?
Kei Nishikori is showing us all that he is going to continue working hard to get himself back on top of the tennis world. In the first round, Nishikori was able to beat the big swinging and serving American, Reilly Opelka in 3 sets 3-6/6-3/6-4. Nishikori showed a lot of determination to hang in there with Opelka, and in the end, he was able to wear him down. Nishikori, when on top of his game, is one of the best returners in the game, and I am sure he will continue to improve as he regains his former form.
This is going to be the 4th meeting between both players, with Kei Nishikori leading the head to head 3-0. This is definitely going to be a tight match, and I expect both players to have the opportunity to win it if they are on top of their game. However, at the end of the day, I see the recent momentum of David Goffin giving him both the extra confidence, and edge, to push him over the line in this exciting second round encounter. David Goffin to win.