Borna Coric will lock horns against the Japanese, Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinal clash at the Rotterdam Open. 2014 US Open runner-up, Kei Nishikori has hit top form this tournament, after defeating the likes of Felix Auger Aliassime and Alex de Minaur in the opening two rounds. Coric is ranked 26th in the world, whereas Nishikori is ranked 45th in the ATP Rankings.
- Tournament: ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament 2021
- Match: Borna Coric vs Kei Nishikori
- Date: 5th March 2021
- Round: Quarter-Final
- Venue: Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Surface: Indoor Hard Court
- Prize Money: €32,000
Borna Coric vs Kei Nishikori: Match Preview
Borna Coric defeated the local favorite and the wildcard, Botic Van De Zandschulp in the first round clash. In the second round, he came up against a gritty Serb, Dusan Lajovic. However, the Croatian was too good in that encounter, winning in straight sets. Coric dropped just five games throughout the match and looks to be in lethal form.
Kei Nishikori has seen a huge resurgence in his form. The Japanese created an upset in the first round when he defeated the seventh seed, Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets. He had to dig deep to grind out a three set victory over the Australian, Alex de Minaur in the last 16. The former US Open runner-up held his nerve and outlasted Minaur in a thriller.
Borna Coric vs Kei Nishikori: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced against each other just once in their career. Their only meeting came in Tokyo in 2015, where the Japanese won in three sets, hence leads the head to head encounter 1-0.
Borna Coric vs Kei Nishikori: Match Prediction
Kei Nishikori is aiming to return back to the top of tennis, where he once belonged. When the Japanese hits good form, it is hard to stop him. Nishikori has displayed immense courage and fighting power in his opening two encounters at the Rotterdam Open. However, he now faces the Croatian, Borna Coric who is another gritty opponent. Coric is yet to drop a set this week and looks in lethal form. The match is expected to be a three set match with Nishikori booking a semifinal berth.
Match Prediction: Kei Nishikori to win in three sets