• Andy Murray [WC] v Kei Nishikori [WC]
  • H2H: Murray leads 9-2
SAN DIEGO, USA – After a 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in Metz, Andy Murray will look to bounce back as he takes on Kei Nishikori in a tough opening match in San Diego.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Kei Nishikori [WC}

H2H: Murray leads 9-2

ATP San Diego

San Diego, USA

Hard (O)

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Scheduled on Barnes Stadium, not before 5:30pm (1:30am Wednesday, BST)

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After failing to take his chances in a straight sets defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in Metz, Andy Murray looks to regroup when he takes on old rival Kei Nishikori in a tough opening round match in San Diego.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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H2H:

Andy Murray (WR 113)

Kei Nishikori (WR 54)

Tournament Previous Best

N/A

N/A

1st Serve %

56.8

65.4

Service Games Won %

86.9

76.5

Break Points Saved %

74.2

59.2

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

45

55.6

Break Points Converted %

37.8

40

Murray is statistically better on serve especially when under pressure while Nishikori has been the more clinical of the two players on return. This match will once again test the Brit’s ability to win pressure points against high-level opposition.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Nishikori has had a good second half to the season and his third round performance against Novak Djokovic solidified that. The Japanese star’s baseline game mixed with more aggressive style of play at the net has seen him have relative success and has seen him be tough to beat again.

Murray will need to be aggressive and try to shorten the points as much as possible. It may be possible for the three time grand slam champion to remain tolerant within rallies however Nishikori has often won that chess match with most of his opponents this season. This is another opportunity for Murray to show that he can win the big points against high-quality opponents, something he has failed to do this season.

Prediction: Nishikori in three sets.

 

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