Russian world number 7 Andrey Rublev makes his Olympic Debut against Japanese star and home crowd favourite Kei Nishikori in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics on 24th July
|Match||Andrey Rublev vs Kei Nishikori|
|Date||24th July 2021|
Andrey Rublev vs Kei Nishikori Preview
Russian Andrey Rublev, who recently claimed that playing for his motherland is a special and different feeling that can not be compared to circuit tennis, comes into the showdown after having had a nightmare French Open and a disappointing Wimbledon. In France, he was shocked in the first round by unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff in a 5 setter. At Wimbledon, he again lost a 5 setter, this time in the Round of 16 to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
His opponent, 31-year-old Kei Nishikori has unforgettable memories at the Games, having won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics after defeating a drained Rafael Nadal in the third place match. The world number 69 comes into the clash having been defeated in the second round at Wimbledon by Aussie Jordan Thompson.
Andrey Rublev vs Kei Nishikori Head to Head
Kei Nishikori won the pair’s only meeting back at the 2018 Cincinatti Masters and so he leads the Head to Head 1-0.
Andrey Rublev vs Kei Nishikori Prediction
The World number 7 would seem the clear favourite in the build-up to the match but hasn’t been able to make a deep run at any Grand Slam so far in his short career and comes up against a wealth of experience in the form of Kei Nishikori, who will be looking to spring a surprise with the help of crowd support.
Prediction: Nishikori to win in 3 sets.