The number eight seed Kei Nishikori of Japan will play the unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday, July 8 at 1.30 pm BST. You can find the Kei Nishikori v Mikhail Kukushkin live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Mikhail Kukushkin Head to Head
The pair have played each other no less than eight times before, and Nishikori has won every time, irrespective of the surface – grass, clay and hard courts, both indoors and outdoors. The first of those meetings came as far back as Basel in Switzerland in 2011, and the most recent in Vienna last year. Nishikori’s victories include a previous encounter in Wimbledon as well, in the first round in 2012.
Nishikori Serene Progress to the Fourth Round
Nishikori has advanced to the fourth round largely unnoticed, so serene has his progress in the tournament so far. In the first round he beat the Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro in straight sets, and then beat local favourite Cameron Norrie in a similar fashion in the second.
Steve Johnson of the United States failed to stretch him either in the third round, with the Japanese man beating the American easily in straights sets.
The number 8 seed is starting to earn the title of “Mr. Consistency”. This will be the fourth time that he has reached this stage of this event or better, and, if he beats Kukushkin, he will be in his third consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final this year. His problems tend to come later in major tournaments, as he struggles to get past the “big three” of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Kukushkin Best Wimbledon Run
31-year old Kukushkin is enjoying his best run ever at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round for the first time. He has now matched his previous best at any Grand Slam event, emulating his performance as far back as 2012 when he got to the similar stage in Melbourne.
Prior to Wimbledon, his best result of the year came in Marseille, when he reached the final before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He was also a beaten finalist at the Challenger Event in Phoenix. Still there was precious little form leading up to Wimbledon to suggest he could get as far as he has in this event.
Yet, after beating Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round, he produced a major upset in the second, beating the number nine seed and losing semi-finalist last year, John Isner, in five sets, coming from two sets to one down to do so. Then he had another impressive win in the third round, beating the number thirty-three seed, Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, in four sets.
Nishikori v Kukushkin Predictions & Tips
Nishikori is the odds-on favourite to win this match at 2/13, whilst Kukushkin is priced at 69/10. The Japanese has won all their previous meetings and there is very little to suggest that the outcome will be any different this time. Nishikori looks set for another Grand Slam quarter-final.
Tip: Nishikori to win in three sets: 8/11 (888Sport)