In the Quarter-Finals of the Men’s Singles at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, World No. 1 and the top-seeded Novak Djokovic from Serbia will be up against World No. 69 Kei Nishikori from Japan.
Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori|
|Date||29 July 2021|
Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori: Preview
Novak Djokovic continues his dominant run at the Olympics 2020 as he chases his maiden Olympics Gold. The World No. 1 overcame Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour and 23 minutes to move into the quarter-finals of the Olympics for the 3rd time in his career.
Djokovic hit 9 aces in a disciplined service game where he made a solitary double fault. He was dominant on the 2nd serve as well and gave no space to the Spaniard to get ahead in the tie. Djokovic won 67 points while Fokina managed 44, a rather disappointing game where he hit 20 forced and 23 unforced errors to Novak’s 20 forced and 12 unforced errors.
Local boy Kei Nishikori continues his battle at the Olympics as he also makes it to his 3rd quarter-final at the Olympics. Nishikori was up against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka and went on to defeat Ivashka 7-6(7), 6-0 in 2 hours and 1 minute to wrap up a rather difficult match after the 1st set went into the tie-breaker.
Nishikori was however magnificent in the 2nd set, dropping a bagel over the Belarusian and wrapping up the set in 40 minutes despite Ivashka’s best efforts. It was a complete performance from the Japanese who made fewer errors as compared to Ivashka and was also dominant on the service, giving no opportunity to Ivashka in the 2nd set.
Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori: Head to Head
It will be the 19th meeting between the duo and the 7th on outdoor hardcourts. They will be playing for the first time against each other since their quarter-final meeting at the 2019 Australian Open. Nishikori’s last victory against Novak came in the semi-finals of the 2014 US Open and since then it has been all Djokovic. Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head tie 16-2.
Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori: Prediction
Nishikori will come into the tie with a career Hardcourt record of 267-126 and a season record of 7-5 on the surface. He is 18-13 for the season. Novak will take the court as the favourite for the clash with a superior record of 489-78 on Hardcourts across his career while being 12-0 on the surface this year in his outstanding 37-3 record for the season.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight-sets.