Sixth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany will take on Japanese veteran Kei Nishikori in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, June 6. 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
Zverev leads their head-to-head 4-1 having won both meetings this year. Incidentally both were on clay back-to-back at the Madrid & Rome Masters respectively.
Zverev Opener Struggles a Distant Memory
World No. 6 Alexander Zverev came to Paris confident at the back of two titles this year already, one at the Mexican Open but more relevant being his Masters 1000 win in Madrid defeating the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettinni.
With what appeared to be a safe draw, Zverev surprised all being down two sets to love against little known compatriot Oscar Otte on day one, but came back strong to win in five sets. It has been smooth sailing for him since having defeated Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin and then Serbian Laslo Dere in comfortable straight sets.
Confident after his Madrid win, Zverev is in the same section of the draw as Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.
With Thiem and Ruud out of the tournament and Medvedev still not the most comfortable on clay, the German has a great chance at a deep run to the second weekend where he can likely expect to play one of the Big Three for a shot at the first major title of his career.
Short and Fortunate Third Round For Nishikori
Three-time French Open quarterfinalist and former world number four Kei Nishikori continues to aim to return to those levels amidst challenges as he is now just about ranked within the top 50 in the world.
It has been a mixed season for Nishikori with a quarter-final appearances at Rotterdam and Dubai before heading into the clay court season. He had his moments on clay but ran into Nadal at Barcelona and Zverev at Madrid and Rome and clearly the opponents have been in excellent touch of late.
The Japanese opened up with an unexpected five setter here against Alessandro Giannessi and followed it with another challenging match against Next Gen Russian Karen Khachanov where Nishikori prevailed again in five sets.
Playing Swiss Henri Laaksonen in the third round, it was a tough first set that Nishikori scalped where the Swiss exhibited confidence having defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the previous round.
However, an injury forced Laaksonen to pull out giving Nishikori a fortunate break heading into the fourth round somewhat rested where he plays Zverev for the third time this summer on clay.
Zverev v Nishikori Prediction and Tip
Nishikori is not one to be underestimated on clay and he has made the final eight of the majors on multiple occasions. However, he is not quite the player he was at his peak and has already had two five setters here. After a shaky opener, Zverev has continued to look in strong touch and ever more so like the player who won the Madrid Masters.
Expect the German to prevail in four sets.