World No.34 Stan Wawrinka will play sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday, May 9, at 2.40 pm local time (13.40 pm BST). You can find the Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori Head to Head
Wawrinka and Nishikori have played each other 10 times. The Swiss currently leads the head-to-head 6-4, with their most recent meeting taking place in Rotterdam in February. Wawrinka won that meeting in three sets.
Wawrinka Contained Pella In Second Round
Stan Wawrinka played arguably his best match of the year as he knocked out 2019 clay-court King Guido Pella 6-3 6-4. The Swiss broke serve in each set to record just his third match win on clay against an opponent who has won 20 matches on the surface prior to their meeting.
Wawrinka will now turn attention to a third round encounter against Kei Nishikori as he gears up to find his old form that made him champion on the Parisian dirt. His sole aim during this week and the Italian Open next week will be to ascend in the rankings after plummeting to as low as World No.261 last year.
Nishikori Survived A Scare From Bolivian Qualifier Dellien
The bare facts at the end of Wednesday was that Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open against Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien, but at what cost?
Nishikori sailed through the opening set taking a 5-1 lead before falling to an inspired fightback from the World No.109. The Japanese superstar though managed to withstand a barrage of aggressive hitting from Dellien to claim the set 7-5 after he almost let slip the advantage. Nishikori went on to win the match which in fairness extended by an hour.
The sixth seed will need to pick himself up quickly for what promises to be the pick of the third round matches. Nishikori and Wawrinka are both former Madrid Open finalists, and this time something has to give, again.
Wawrinka v Nishikori Predictions & Tips
This will be such a good tennis match between two outstanding baseline players. I was slightly surprised by Wawrinka’s win over Pella considering the circumstances.
Nishikori on the other hand was incredibly poor despite getting the win over Dellien. His serve in particular, was extremely underwhelming. Nishikori and Wawrinka’s last four meetings have averaged 22 games, which points out to another potential long three set match.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 11/10 (888Sport)