Number 7 seed Kei Nishikori will face Serbia’s Laslo Djere in a tough third round on Friday, May 31. The timings for this match are yet to be confirmed. You can find the Kei Nishikori v Laslo Djere live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Kei Nishikori v Laslo Djere Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the two players.
Nishikori Showing Progress And Confidence
It may come as a surprise that, despite winning only two of his 12 ATP career titles on clay, Kei Nishikori has a better winning percentage on clay than on hard-courts (70 to 68).
Nishikori is a two-time French Open quarter-finalist and there is growing belief he will make it to the last eight once more in a projected mouth-watering quarterfinal against 11-time champion Rafael Nadal.
The Japanese saw off two Frenchmen in succession to book his spot in round three. After losing the first set against Tsonga, Nishikori raised his level immensely for the next three sets (recovering from a break down in set three and four) to extend his brilliant record against players at their home Grand Slam to 13-1.
The 28-year-old won in Brisbane earlier this year, and he will be on collision course against another ATP tour titlist whose story has been nothing short of inspiring.
Djere, the Quiet Serb With Plenty Of Heart
Laslo Djere will play in the biggest match of his tennis career when he contests a third round match in a Grand Slam for the very first time.
This will be uncharted waters for the Serbian who has tasted a bittersweet moment with events off and on the court. Djere lost his father due to cancer in December, the same illness which sadly also took away his mother while he was 16.
That inspired Djere towards a breakthrough year on tour, and he dedicated his maiden ATP title in Rio to his parents in an emotional post-match interview. He has picked up as many as 15 wins on clay (one of the most on tour in 2019) and has beaten some quality opposition in the process, including Dominic Thiem and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Nishikori v Djere Predictions & Tips
Nishikori is prone to below-par performances in matches of this calibre against opponents he should beat, at least on paper.
Djere has done remarkably well on clay this year including beating Thiem, Del Potro, Auger-Aliassime and Basilashvili to name a few. He also came within a point of taking out Cilic in Madrid. I am just leaning towards the Japanese to win here because of his relentless tennis which will overwhelm Djere over the course of best of five.
Tip: Nishikori to win in four sets: (888Sport)