The first round of the 2020 Kitzbuhel Open will see the return of Kei Nishikori who takes on Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in match expected to be played on Tuesday, September 8. Get the live streaming options of this Kei Nishikori v Miomir Kecmanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Miomir Kecmanovic Head to Head
This will be the first ever match played between the 34th-ranked Nishikori and world number 47 Kecmanovic.
Nishikori Returns after Contracting Covid19
The former world number four from Japan had to withdraw from the Cincinnati Open and the US Open after he contracted the virus. While Nishikori admitted he had recovered from his illness, he also said he would find it difficult to feature in best-of-five set matches, thereby opting out of the US Open, a tournament he had made it to the final in 2014..
True to his word, he has now decide to feature in Kitzbuhel as he looks to build towards the Italian Open and the French Open later this month. And interestingly, it will be the first tournament Nishikori plays this year, having missed the first part of the season as well, because of an elbow surgery.
The last time Nishikori played was at the 2019 US Open where he was knocked out in the third round before undergoing a surgery and being unable to come back quickly enough for the start of the 2020 season. This opener will test his rustiness but at the same time, he would be looking to get back and feel his way on to the court heading into the rest of the season without bothering so much about the result.
Kecmanovic Hoping to Move to Career-Best
It’s pertinent to note the start of Kecmanovic’s career on the Futures circuit had seen him win three titles on clay in a row. That same year, in 2017, he ended with a 47-15 win-loss record on that surface.
Since then, however, Kecmanovic has begun to get better on hard courts, so much so he reached the semifinal of the Dubai Open and New York Open earlier this year. Which is why it would be interesting to see how he goes on the clay courts of Kitzbuhel and the rest of the month playing in Rome and Paris.
While Kecmanovic hasn’t won a title at this level yet, he has already moved to become the 47th-ranked player in the world, his career-best and having not played at Kitzbuhel last year and having failed to make it to the main draw at the Italian Open, it allows him a chance to make a new career-best.
Nishikori v Kecmanovic Prediction & Tip
While Nishikori is a more experienced and higher-ranked player, the lack of tennis will be a cause of concern for him and which is also why we reckon Kecmanovic will start a favourite here.
Tip: Kecmanovic to win: 8/11 (bet365)