Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, the number five seed and world 58, will play Michael Mmoh of the USA, world ranked 177, in the first round of the Singapore Tennis Open on Monday, February 22. The match is scheduled to begin around 12 pm local time (4 am GMT). Get the live streaming options of this Yoshito Nishioka v Mmoh match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yoshihito Nishioka v Michael Mmoh Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 25-year-old man from Japan, and Mmoh, who is two years younger.
Nishioka Looking to Forget Melbourne Collapse
The number two ranked Japanese player behind Kei Nishikori, Nishioka won the Shenzhen Open in 2018, and lost in the final at Delray Beach last February, beaten by Reilly Opelka.
However, post lockdown last year he struggled to show that same level of form, with his best showing coming in Cologne, where he got to the third round before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
A second round defeat in the Paris Masters ended his 2020 season, and he did not appear on court again until the ATP Cup in Melbourne, where he lost both matches playing for Japan.
At the Australian Open, he was drawn in the first round against Pedro Martinez of Spain, a man ranked 9 places below him in the world, and somebody who is more at home on a clay court.
Nishioka began well, and took the first set on a tie-break. But then his form suddenly deserted him, and he was to win just three more games in the entire match, as Martinez romped away with it.
He will want to erase that match from his memory bank.
Mmoh Coming off Back of Another Australian Open Appearance
Although born in Saudi Arabia, Mmoh is of mixed heritage – his father is Nigerian and his mother Irish, but also an Australian citizen. And Mmoh himself is American.
After a successful junior career, Mmoh progressed to the senior tour, where he has won 2 Challenger and 4 ITF Futures titles.
He first qualified for the Australian Open in 2019, and although he was beaten in the first round, he made it back again last year, on that occasion qualifying for the main draw by right. He won his first round match which also earned him entry into the US Open.
This time round he was made to qualify again, which he did successfully, earning himself a first-round tie with the veteran Serb Victor Troicki. And he showed all his fighting qualities to come from behind to win in five sets.
Unfortunately for him he then met Rafael Nadal in the second round, and, although he did not disgrace himself, was well-beaten in three sets. Nadal dominated on return and never once offered up even a single break point on his own serve.
Nishioka v Mmoh Prediction and Tip
Although Mmoh may prove to be a tough opponent, as he showed in the Australian Open, Nishioka should have the all-round game to be able to beat him, although it might take three sets.
Tip: Nishioka to win the match: 4/5 (bet365)