Number 6 seed Kei Nishikori will start his campaign in the 2019 Madrid Masters on Wednesday, to face the Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien in the second round. The match will take place on May 8 at 12:00 pm local time (11:00 am BST) in the Arantxa Sanchez court. Get Kei Nishikori v Hugo Dellien live streaming options here.
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Kei Nishikori v Hugo Dellien Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the Japanese and the 25-year-old Bolivian on the ATP Tour.
Dellien, A Clinical Player on Clay
Hugo Dellien is currently ranked at the 109th place in the rankings – almost 100 places below Nishikori. Yet, he is a player who is more than capable of putting up a good fight, at least on clay.
Most of his commendable runs this season have been on this surface. He won the Santiago Challenger in March, shortly after reaching the quarterfinal in the ATP Rio and ATP Sao Paulo. It is fair to say that Dellien has a better track record on this surface in comparison to the other two.
All of his Challenger and Futures titles came on clay. While he couldn’t perform this well in the ATP Barcelona and Estoril, he has certainly made up for it in Madrid in style. As a qualifier, he defeated the French ace Gilles Simon in the first round – marking one of the biggest victories of his career. Now, he faces a tough test against Nishikori.
Nishikori, A Determined Player
The season so far has been rather kind to Nishikori, as he won his first singles title since 2016. It came in Brisbane, where he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final. He then reached the quarterfinal in the Australian Open and the semifinal in Rotterdam.
While his form dipped slightly thereafter, he still remained in the top 10. He had a good breakthrough in Barcelona when he reached the semifinal once again, this time losing to Medvedev.
Nishikori has enjoyed a bye into the second round and is certainly familiar with the clay turf. He has won two titles on this surface while reaching the final on five other occasions.
Nishikori v Dellien Predictions & Tips
Even though Dellien is pretty impressive on clay, he will need a lot more than that to give Nishikori a good fight. He lacks the experience and momentum needed to go head to head with such a strong player. Expect Nishikori to wrap this one comfortably.
Tip: Under 20.5 games in the match: 10/11 (888Sport)