Nishikori vs Norrie: who has more stability in their game?
On August 5, Kei Nishikori goes against Cameron Norrie in the Round of 16 of the Citi Open in Washington. How will this match end? We share our thoughts in the prediction below.
Nishikori is starting to look like his former self. At the Olympics in Tokyo, Kei reached the quarterfinals, passing Andrei Rublev, Marcos Giron, and Ilya Ivashka.
In Washington, the Japanese tennis player has always shown good game. For example, in 2015 he won the tournament, and since then has played in the quarterfinals and the semifinals.
In the first two rounds of the current tournament, Nishikori got two confident victories. First, he outplayed Sam Querrey (6-4, 6-3), and then defeated Alexander Bublik (6-2, 7-5).
Norriehas finally reached the Top 30 in the ATP world ranking. He achieved that result thanks to his stable and confident play this season. Moreover, he recently won his first title in this tour in Los Cabos.
Because of his high position in the ranking (29th place), Norrie started his Washington campaign in the second round. In that match, the British tennis player defeated Marcos Giron (6-4, 6-3).
In the last four matches of Nishikori, the minimum number of sets was played.
No more than nine games were played in the first set in 4 of Norrie's last 6 matches.
Norrie is showing the more stable play in the recent matches. On the other hand, Nishikori cannot always maintain the same level of play throughout a whole match. That is why we doubt that Kei can defeat the Briton. We suggest playing Cameron's victory.
Our prediction - Norrie to win.
Norrie's last seven matches have ended in two sets. Nishikori also hasn't played very many long matches recently. Most likely, this confrontation will not be an exception and tennis players will not overcome the total of 22.5 games.
Second prediction - total under 22.5 games.