Fourth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan will play seventh seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the semifinal of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Saturday April 27. The match will take place at 1.30 pm local time (12.30 BST). You can find the Kei Nishikori v Daniil Medvedev live streaming options here.
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Kei Nishikori v Daniil Medvedev Head to Head
These two players have met on three occasions with the most recent match being at the 2019 Brisbane International final where Nishikori ended his three-year drought for an ATP title. However, Medvedev did stun the Japanese No.1 in the finals in Tokyo last year. Nishikori triumphed in their first meeting in Monte-Carlo in 2018, and that remains their only meeting on clay.
Nishikori Wary Of In-Form Medvedev
Kei Nishikori is chasing a third title in Barcelona. That would rank as one of the greatest milestones in the Japanese’s career if he achieves it on final Sunday.
This has been one of Nadal’s happy hunting grounds in the last 15 years, and the fact that Nishikori has won multiple times is a testament to his endearing abilities on a tennis court.
The fourth seed will first have to get past in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semis before even contemplating of potentially toppling Nadal or Thiem in the final.
Since winning in Brisbane earlier this year, Nishikori has only managed one semifinal appearance (Rotterdam) prior to his latest one in Barcelona, and snapped a three-match losing streak with his superb run this week.
Medvedev Has A Tour-Leading 24-7 Match Record This Season
One staggering statistic during this clay-court season was that Daniil Medvedev had won only two matches on the ATP tour before Monte Carlo a fortnight ago.
But what transpired in those two weeks was a brilliant run of events which saw the 23-year-old record seven wins on the dirt including a run to the semifinals in the Principality.
Medvedev is currently the tour-leader in terms of matches won in 2019 and has claimed one title this year. He beat World No.1 Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo.
His semifinal opponent Kei Nishikori summed up the challenge of facing Medvedev saying:
“He’s definitely a tough player. He has a good serve, good reach. He gets many balls. He moves well for his height, so I have to play a lot of good tennis if I want to beat him.”
Nishikori v Medvedev Predictions & Tips
Medvedev seems to have found his way on clay, but he was shocking in his semifinal defeat to Dusan Lajovic in Monte Carlo.
He had beaten Djokovic quite spectacularly in the quarters and had taken a commanding lead in the first set against Lajovic before an unlikely collapse set in.
The draw in Barcelona has been kind to him and he maximized the opportunity to dispatch Nicolas Jarry who quite honestly had no legs to run at all in the previous round. Nishikori is no slouch on this surface especially in Barcelona where he has taken a particular liking of the court.
Despite his recent slump, the Japanese is still a slight favorite here and he should have the edge.
Tip: Nishikori to win: 10/13 (888Sport)