Three-time French Open quarterfinalist Kei Nishikori will face Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Kei Nishikori v Alessandro Giannessi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Alessandro Giannessi Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 31-year-old Nishikori and the 30-year-old Giannessi.
Nishikori Looking for a Quick Start
World No. 49 Kei Nishikori will begin his 11th French Open campaign on Sunday. The former World No. 4 comes to Roland Garros with a 10-10 record this year and will be hoping to start off well and make another deep push in the tournament.
The 2014 U.S. Open finalist has reached three quarterfinals at the Paris major, but is yet to find a way past the last eight. In his first quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 2015, Nishikori was edged out in a dramatic five-setter by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Two years later, the Japanese once again won his first four rounds, but was denied a maiden semifinal spot by Andy Murray, who came back after losing the first set to win the contest in four.
Nishikori would reach the quarterfinals once again in 2019, but this time he was outplayed by Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
Last year, Nishikori battled past Dan Evans in a five-set first-round contest but was outlasted in the second-round five-setter by Stefano Travaglia.
A 12-time winner and 14-time runner-up on the tour, Nishikori has an overall record of 100-46 on clay, which includes two Barcelona titles in 2014 and 2015.
This year, Nishikori had a 0-3 start, losing both his matches at the ATP Cup and his first-round match at the Australian Open. He finally got going in Rotterdam, reaching the quarterfinals by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur before falling to Borna Coric. He also reached the last eight in Dubai by beating Reilly Opelka, David Goffin and Aljaz Bedene but was stopped from advancing further by Lloyd Harris.
On clay, Nishikori has a 5-3 record this season. He reached the Round of 16 in Barcelona, by winning tight three-setters against Guido Pella and Cristian Garin, but lost another three-setter to Rafael Nadal.
The Japanese player reached the Round of 32 in Madrid by beating Karen Khachanov in three but was handed a straight sets defeat by Alexander Zverev. The German also ended his run in Rome, after Nishikori had reached the Round of 16 by beating Fabio Fognini in the first round and getting a walkover against Pablo Carreno Busta in the Round of 32.
Giannessi Qualifies for First Main Draw at French Open
Facing Nishikori in the first round will be Italian Alessandro Giannessi, who won two tough three-setters to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time.
Ranked 159th in the world, Gianessi started off the qualifying campaign with a 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 win against Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans.
In the next round, the Italian defeated the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor 7-5, 7-5, while in his last qualifying round, Gianessi edged out Argentina Open finalist Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to seal a spot in the main draw.
The 30-year-old made his Grand Slam debut at the U.S. Open in 2016, reaching the second round. He also played in the main draw the next year, but remained winless.
A winner of three Challenger and six Futures events, Gianessi is 12-19 in his career at the ATP level and 10-13 on clay. He hasn’t played a single ATP-level main draw match in 2021.
Kei Nishikori v Alessandro Giannessi Prediction and Tip
The Japanese is vastly experienced and comes to Roland Garros with a bit of form behind him. Expect him to pick up a routine win against the qualifier.