Kei Nishikori vs Jordan Thompson
July 1, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Kei Nishikori meets Jordan Thompson in the second round of the Wimbledon on Thursday, July 1st, 2021.
Will Jordan Thompson be able to cause another upset as he did in the first round against a much better opponent in Casper Ruud, or will Kei Nishikori come out here and use his experience, especially on grass, to get a dominant win under his belt in London?
Jordan Thompson put on a solid performance against Casper Ruud, going 2 sets up before having to ensure Casper did not make an amazing comeback. Jordan won in 5 sets 7-6/7-6/2-6/2-6/6-2. Jordan Thompson will be happy that he won that match in the end, but he knows that if he gets a lead going against his next opponent, Kei Nishikori, he cannot afford to let his guard down again and let him potentially comeback. Will Jordan Thompson come out here ready for a tough battle and leave it all on the line to cause the big upset?
Kei Nishikori was dominant in his first round match, beating the up and coming Alexei Popyrin in 3 sets 6-4/6-4/6-4. Alexei Popyrin was trying to hit flat and hard as you would expect for him to do on grass, but Kei was just everywhere on the court on Wednesday and he was returning everything. Alexei was then trying too hard to finish the points early, which gave Nishikori the advantage as he would put him in tough spots where winners are extremely hard to hit. Kei is in good form, but he needs to still improve as the tournament goes on.
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This is going to be the 2nd meeting between both players, with Kei Nishikori having won their only prior encounter. Both of these players will be leaving it all out here. However, going off their first round performances, Kei was just so much more dominant. Although Jordan won the match he won less games than Casper and if Casper did not have that hand injury in the final set, he would have most likely have lost. Kei is the King of 5 sets so even if this match is tight and goes to the end, he has much more experience in getting through in extremely tight moments.