In a thrilling encounter at the ATP Madrid Open 2021, World No. 43 Kei Nishikori will be up against World No. 6 and the 5th seeded Alexander Zverev in the second round.
- Tournament: ATP Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Kei Nishikori vs Alexander Zverev
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 5th May, 2021
- Prize Money: €22,720
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Kei Nishikori vs Alexander Zverev : Preview
Kei Nishikori has been pretty consistent this season but would surely like to improve his record after not getting past the quarter-finals after reaching to the last-8 twice. He comes to Madrid from Barcelona where he lost in the R16 to eventual winner Rafael Nadal. He won his first round at Madrid in 3-sets and will now be challenged by Zverev.
2018 Madrid Open champion, Alexander Zverev will be looking for another title after winning the Acapulco Open in Mexico. His form has been up and down with some shocking exits but he is always a serious contender for the title. He comes to Madrid from Munich where he was upset by Ilya Ivashka who is 101 ranks below him. Being the seed, he received a bye in the 1st round at Madrid.
Kei Nishikori vs Alexander Zverev : Head to Head
The duo have met 3 times previously with Zverev winning twice and Nishikori once. However their last meeting happened in 2018. While Zverev has won on Hard courts, their only Clay meeting which took place in Monte Carlo Masters 2018 Nishikori emerged successfully. Alexander Zverev leads the head-to-head tie 2-1.
Kei Nishikori vs Alexander Zverev : Prediction
It will be a thrilling game as both the players will be looking to get a clay title before the upcoming French Open 2021. Both the players have had similar track record on clay since the start of 2020 season with Kei being 5-5 and and Zverev being 5-3, which can give Zverev a little edge as Kei comes from a tough 3-setter. Nevertheless, it will be a great game of tennis that’s for sure.
Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in straight sets.