Kei Nishikori vs. Alexander Zverev - 2021 Madrid Open Second Round
Wednesday, May 5th 2021
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Alexander Zverev (3) meets Kei Nishikori in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 5th 2021.
Will Alexander Zverev get some positive results under his belt after having struggled a lot this year on clay, or will Kei Nishikori continue to show us that he is back and ready to give it his best shot against the best players in the world?
Kei Nishikori put on a strong comeback victory against Karen Khachanov in the first round, winning in 3 sets 6-7/6-2/6-2. Kei Nishikori has been constantly improving and raising his level, which is great because everyone had missed seeing his amazing shot making skills which have made him become one of the best players in the world and a consistent Top 10 in his prime. Kei Nishikori knows that he still has a long way to go. But his performances this year have definitely given him the confidence to keep going.
Alexander Zverev is just very underwhelming and you would not expect such poor performances from a Top 10 player. Alexander Zverev lost in shocking fashion last week in his home tournament, and he will not be happy with that performance, and it will not help him gain confidence on his terrible second serve. Alexander Zverev will have to raise his level a lot and raise it quickly if he is to get anything positive out of either the Madrid Open this week, or the Rome Open next week, not even thinking about Roland Garros.
This is going to be the 4th meeting between both players, with Alexander Zverev having won 2 of their 3 encounters. Although Zverev leads the head to head, I don't see him being able to actually get the job done here. Kei Nishikori is continuously improving and he will know that he has a strong chance to get something out of this match against a very poor performing Alexander Zverev. Kei is a great returner, and he will be able to make Zverev move around the court and make him think twice about his service, which we all know is already bad.