Swiss maestro and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Wednesday, July 10. You can find the Roger Roger Federer v Kei Nishikori live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here for a match that will begin at 3 pm local time (2 pm GMT).
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Roger Federer v Kei Nishikori Head to Head
The two players have met 10 times on the ATP circuit, with Federer leading the head to-head 7-3. They have met only once on grass at Halle in 2014, which Federer won. They have also met only once at a Grand Slam, at the 2017 Australian Open, which the Swiss won in five sets, and in fact marked the beginning of his turnaround on return from knee injury, where he has gone on to win 14 ATP titles since.
Another Grand Slam Quarter-Final for Federer
Playing in a record 21st Wimbledon, eight time champion Roger Federer has made another record, reaching his 55th major quarter-final. This is an all-time record in both mens’ and womens’ tennis.
Federer, who started his Wimbledon campaign losing the first set to little known South African Lloyd Harris, has gone from strength to strength since, winning 12 consecutive sets thereafter.
He was in supreme form in his fourth round match against upcoming Italian Matteo Berrettini, winning 6-1,6-2,6-2 in a record 74 minutes, making it the fastest fourth round men’s match at Wimbledon. Berrettini had among the best records on grass this year and was expected to be a difficult opponent for Federer, but the match was all one-way traffic for the Swiss veteran, from the very beginning.
Federer is looking at a potential 21st major title if he were to win his 9th Wimbledon title this week. The Swiss could potentially face arch rival Rafael Nadal in a mouth-watering semi-final, if both win their respective quarter final matches.
Federer’s next opponent, in the quarter-finals is the number seven seed from Japan, Kei Nishikori.
Consistent As Always Nishikori; But Can He Step it Further?
Number seven seed from Japan, Kei Nishikori is in his 12th Grand Slam quarterfinal. However, he has only done better on three occasions, all of them being at the US Open.
Nishikori was ranked as high as number four in the world in the ATP rankings in 2015-2016, but injuries saw him take a break from the tour in 2017 and plummet in the ATP rankings. Although he had to return to playing ATP challenger level tournaments to get back into form, Nishikori has had a phenomenal return to form in the last year, breaking into the ATP top 10 rankings again.
Nishikori has had an atypically short run to the quarter-finals here at Wimbledon, as he is well- known for his marathon five setters. This year, at both the Australian and French Open, his first week involved epic five set matches in plenty. He has one of the best records on the tour in the fifth set
The Japanese seventh seed has only dropped one set in his four matches at Wimbledon, that being in the fourth round against Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan.
Roger Federer v Kei Nishikori Predictions & Tips
The last time these players met was at the ATP Tour Finals in London in the round robin opener last year , and Nishikori won in straight sets. That win by Nishikori came after six consecutive wins by Federer against him.
Nishikori has had a relatively straightforward path to the quarter-finals and looked strong and in control throughout all his matches. He has been firing on all cylinders, and has all the tools to trouble the Swiss. Federer on the other hand, has looked better with each round, and was in sublime form in his fourth round match.
A good contest on the cards, but Center Court at Wimbledon is among the most difficult places to defeat Roger Federer. Expect Federer to win in four sets.
Tip: Federer to win in four sets: 3/1 (888Sport)