By Ros Satar, at the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals

  • Kevin Anderson [4] v Kei Nishikori [7]
  • H2H: Nishikori leads 5-3
LONDON, UK – Kevin Anderson will look to continue his impressive form as he faces Kei Nishikori, in a bid to exact a little revenge for his defeat in Paris.

 

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Kevin Anderson [4] v Kei Nishikori [7] | H2H: Nishikori leads 5-3

In an almost David vs Goliath-type contest, Sunday’s winners face off for supremacy in the group, with Kevin Anderson facing Kei Nishikori.

However, their paths to the second round-robin match were vastly different. Anderson came out determined, swinging and took advantage of a slow start from Dominic Thiem to stamp his authority on the match.

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Contract the litany of errors and lifting up of a level from rock bottom to… not that much higher for Nishikori to take advantage of a somewhat out of sorts Roger Federer to consign the World No. 2 to the losers’ match-up.

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Anderson’s explanations of how taller players are becoming more agile might explain how he managed to stay in some form of contention against the more quick-footed player during their rivalry. The rangy South African got the measure of him to win Vienna, but does Nishikori’s victory over Anderson in the Paris Masters count for more, being a Masters 1000 even over an ATP 500?

Kei Nishikori in the first round-robin match of the ATP World Tour Finals 2018, London

Kei Nishikori in the first round-robin match of the ATP World Tour Finals 2018, London | (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Either way, Anderson will have to come out and play every bit as aggressively as he did against Thiem. There he had the advantage of a sluggish start from the Austrian. If Nishikori starts the match with the kind of woeful first serve percentage as he did against Federer, then it most certainly should be Anderson topping the group.

Nishikori’s speed around the court and accuracy of placement should be put to good effect by trying to get behind Anderson, but movement is something that he has worked on a lot, and it shows in his results and also his confidence.

While the Japanese player typically likes to grind down his opponents, Anderson is determined to not just make up the numbers here. It is hard to believe that Nishikori will not at least lift his level up a little from the horrors of Sunday and could well take a set off Anderson.

Prediction: Anderson in three sets.

Anderson & Nishikori are scheduled not before 2pm.

 

 

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