World Number 35, Kei Nishikori of Japan will play Spain’s Pablo Andujar, the world number 54 in the first round of the 2020 Antwerp Open on Tuesday, October 20. The match has not been scheduled yet. Get the live streaming options of this Kei Nishikori v Pablo Andujar match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Pablo Andujar Head to Head
The pair have met five times prior to this with the Japanese leading the tally at 4-1. Nishikori has won the three matches they played on the outdoor hard courts. Whereas on the clay courts both the players have won one match each. This will be their first-ever meeting on the indoor hard courts.
Nishikori Still Struggling for Form After Comeback
After struggling with injuries for a long time, Nishikori underwent right elbow surgery last October. It took him the best part of a year to finally get back on the court.
But the Japanese player still hasn’t found any sort of rhythm or form since his comeback. He has played in four tournaments since his comeback but has only managed to win two matches. He laboured through a five-set win over Dan Evans in the first round at the French Open but could not repeat that feat in the second round.
Nishikori lost another gruelling match against Italy’s Stefano Travaglia. And now the 30-year-old would be hoping to get a deep run this week in Antwerp to get some form before the season ends.
He has long stated that winning gold for his country at the Olympics is a dream for him. And he would be hoping to get back to his best by the time the Tokyo Olympics come around next year.
Nishikori does not yet have the fitness to grind his opponents down, therefore playing an attacking without having to chase a lot may just suit him.
Clay Court Specialist Andujar in Good Form
The 34-year-old Spaniard has played some really good tennis in the last few months. Although he mainly plays on the clay courts nowadays and that too on the challenger level, he has had some good runs lately. He reached the final at the Prostejov Challenger last month before reaching the semifinals at Iasi Challenger a week later.
Although he could not convert that form to anything substantial at the French Open where he lost in the opening round, he still is a very dangerous player.
Even at this age, Andujar has got amazing court coverage and packs a solid punch in his strokes. He can get the better of any player on his day and has four ATP titles under his belt in his career. But this year he has struggled a lot with his serves, something that cost him once again last week at Sardinia. It would be interesting to see how he fares against a struggling Nishikori.
Nishikori v Andujar Prediction and Tip
Both the players like to dominate from the baselines. And this could be a match that would be decided on who serves better. And this is where Nishikori will have the edge.
Tip: Nishikori to win in straight sets: 11/8 (bet365)