In the second round at the ATP Halle 2021, World No. 57 Kei Nishikori will be up against World No. 52 Sebastian Korda.
|Tournament||ATP Halle Open 2021|
|Match||Kei Nishikori vs Sebastian Korda|
|Date||17th June, 2021|
Kei Nishikori vs Sebastian Korda : Preview
Kei Nishikori registers his first Grass win of the season in the opening round at Halle. He reaches the 2nd round for the 7th time in his 7 appearances at the tournament and will look to avoid his 4th successive 2nd round defeat, as that has been the case since 2016-2018 as he skipped the 2019 edtion.
Nishikori comes into the tie with a 3-set win over Richard Berankis, defeating the Lithuanian 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 as Nishikori continues winning matches in the final set. The win takes him to 9-6 at the tournament.
Sebastian Korda wins his first ever career Grass match as the Halle Open 2021 is the debut Grass tournament for the 20-year old American. Korda turned Pro in 2018 but didn’t play on Grass in his first two seasons, with the 2020 season getting cancelled, the American makes his debut on the surface at Halle.
Playing against the 6th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Sebastian won the match 6-3, 7-6(0) to claim his first ever victory on Grass and also against Agut in their first ever meeting.
Kei Nishikori vs Sebastian Korda : Head to Head
This will be the first ever career meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Kei Nishikori vs Sebastian Korda : Prediction
Sebastian will come into the match with a season record of 22-10 that includes his title run at the Quimper 1 Challenger. Korda also won his maiden ATP title at the ATP Parma Open 2021, a week before he went to the French Open 2021. He will look to take his confidence from the victories against the veteran Nishikori who has been a good player on Grass across his career.
Nishikori will come into the match with a career Grass record of 47-26 but is yet to win a title on the surface. He will come into the match with a season record of 14-11 and will be the favourite to advance ahead given his vast experience on the tour and also on the surface as compared to the debutant Sebastian.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori to win in 3-sets.