World number six Alexander Zverev will be up against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the third round of the 2021 Italian Open on Thursday, May 13. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Kei Nishikori match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Kei Nishikori Head to Head
There have been four previous matches between these players and Zverev leads 3-1. Nishikori’s only win over Zverev came on the clay courts of the Monte-Carlo Masters of 2018 but Zverev has won on clay too. That victory came as recently as the Madrid Masters last week where the Zverev juggernaut saw him go on to win the title.
Zverev Makes it Six in a Row
Having won a title at the Madrid Masters last week, Zverev’s confidence was expectedly sky-high in his opening encounter against Hugo Dellien. And he exhibited that with a solid performance that saw him come away with a win rather easily.
Zverev won 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 21 minutes to advance to his second meeting with Nishikori in as many weeks and strengthen his chances of winning a second title in a row.
The German clinched the match on the back of two breaks of serves in each set, and while Zverev faced six break-points of his own, he saved each one of them.
What continued to remain a bother was a poor first serve percentage which saw him get in just two-thirds of his serves in but that’s probably nitpicking a solid performance because of the calibre he has shown all of the last week.
This should be another straightforward encounter.
Nishikori Benefits from Carreno-Busta Withdrawal
After having gotten past Fabio Fognini in the first round of this competition, Nishikori was faced with a challenging second round match against Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta.
While the bookmakers had pegged both of them at 10/11 to win it, Carreno-Busta looked like he held a very slight edge. As it turned out, he didn’t turn up to the court, withdrawing from the match because of fitness concerns and allowing Nishikori a free passage to round three.
Earlier Nishikori had made the third round at the Barcelona Open too but lost his second round match in Madrid to Zverev.
There he had fallen 6-3, 6-2 to the German; can he turn things around this time?
Zverev v Nishikori Prediction and Tip
Interestingly, while there were only 17 games played between these two players the last time they faced off last week, bookmakers have them at 4/5 for under 21.5 games. Seems to be a safe bet too.