Aussie number one Alex de Minaur plays 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori in the second round of the 2021 ATP Rotterdam Open on Wednesday, March 3, with the match timing yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Alex de Minaur v Kei Nishikori match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur v Kei Nishikori Head to Head
This will be the second match between the two players on the tour. Their only meeting was in the round of 32 at the 2019 US Open which was won by the Aussie in four sets.
De Minaur Hoping For A Deep Run
Alex de Minaur has had a good run in the last couple seasons and at age 22, has already won four ATP tour level titles and broken into the top twenty of the ATP rankings.
After starting the year well winning the Antalya Open in early January, it was not the best of runs for him back home Down Under. He lost both his matches at the ATP Cup as Australia was unable to get out of the group stages of the tournament. De Minaur seemed to be getting into his groove at the Australian Open but a straight sets loss to Fabio Fognini in the round of 32 was against the run of play capping off a poor Aussie tennis swing for him.
A clinical straight set win against compatriot John Millman set the tone for De Minaur here in Rotterdam and he will look to continue that run of form in the next round, as any hopes of a deep run here will involve matches against the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev soon thereafter.
Nishikori High On Confidence After Opener
Once ranked number four in the world, it has been a tough last season and a bit for 2014 US Open finalist and ten time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Kei Nishikori from Japan. While he has made comebacks from injury layoffs in the past, the last year has again seen a mix of injuries, a bout of Covid and poor form.
Ranked number 45 in the world now, Nishikori ended the 2020 season after a second round loss at the French Open hoping to get the much needed rest and recuperation that was needed. 2021 did not start on the best of notes for the star from Japan either.
The ATP Cup saw losses in both his singles matches as Japan did not make it out of the group stages and the Australian Open saw a first round loss against in-form Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. Arriving in Rotterdam, the Japanese was up against rising Canadian Felix Auger- Aliassime in the opener.
Starting as the underdog, Nishikori did well to hang in with Auger- Aliassime and take the first set to a tiebreak where he displayed some vintage skills from the back of the court to prevail. Nishikori looked clinical in the second set as the Canadian felt the pressure and the former world number four raced to a 6-1 win, registering his first win against a top twenty player on the tour in almost a year.
De Minaur v Nishikori Prediction & Tip
Alex de Minaur has been in good touch this season, already claiming one title at the Antalya Open. Nishikori has had a nothing run in recent times, but looked in good touch and finally scalped a big win as well.
Expect a good match, but the Aussie is too match fit for the Japanese and will win a three-setter.
Tip: De Minaur to win in threes sets : 3/1 (bet365)