In the opening round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 59 Kei Nishikori will be up against World No. 159 Alessandro Giannessi.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Kei Nishikori vs Alessandro Giannessi|
|Date||30th May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Kei Nishikori vs Alessandro Giannessi : Preview
Kei Nishikori begins his French Open 2021 campaign against Giannessi as the 31-year old from Japan is still on the hunt for his maiden Grand Slam. He made his French Open debut in 2008, 1 year after he turned Pro and has reached 3 quarter-finals over the years with his last quarters appearance coming in 2019. He was defeated in the 2nd round of the 2020 French Open.
Nishikori reaches Paris directly from the Rome Masters 2021 where he was knocked out in the Round of 16 and did not participate in any ATP-250 event in the build up to the Grand Slam. He has a 25-11 record at the Roland Garros.
Alessandro Giannessi reaches the main draw at the French Open 2021 for the first time in his career ever since making his French Open debut in 2016. He had been knocked out in the qualifying rounds in his previous 5 appearances at the Roland Garros which included a 2nd qualifying round defeat in the 2020 French Open.
Alessandro has been on Clay since January with majority of his tournaments coming on the Challenger level where he reached the semi-finals at 3 tournaments and quarter-finals twice but couldn’t win any title this year so far. In the qualifying rounds, he won the first and the third match in 3-sets while his 2nd round victory came in straight-sets to qualify him for the main draw.
Kei Nishikori vs Alessandro Giannessi : Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the two, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Kei Nishikori vs Alessandro Giannessi : Prediction
Nishikori will enter the tournament with a 4-3 record on Clay this season and has already faced off with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev, both of them being good players of Clay and the top seeds this year. He will be confident coming into this tie having tested himself against the best in business.
Alessandro comes in with 22-12 record on Clay this season but all of them have come at the Challenger level. While his record this season would be a comfort for the 30-year old, whether he can apply himself in the same manner at the big stage will be a question as he is yet to register a win on the ATP Tour this year.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori to win in straight-sets in the first round of the French Open 2021.