World No. 57 Kei Nishikori of Japan will meet World No. 84 Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the first round of the 2021 Halle Open on Tuesday, June 15. Get the live streaming options of this Kei Nishikori v Ricardas Berankis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Ricardas Berankis Head to Head
Nishikori leads 1-0, having won in Atlanta in 2012.
Nishikori is a Two-Time Semifinalist at Halle
Two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kei Nishikori begins his grass court season at the Halle Open on Tuesday.
The former World No. 4 reached the semifinals in Halle in 2014 and 2015, but was stopped from reaching the final by Roger Federer in 2014 and had to withdraw after five games against Andreas Seppi the following year.
The runner-up of the 2014 U.S. Open, Nishikori comes to Halle with a 13-11 record in 2021, which includes quarterfinal appearances in Rotterdam and Dubai and a fourth-round finish at the French Open, where he won two marathon five-setters to start the tournament but fell to Alexander Zverev in the Round of 16.
A 12-time winner and 14-time runner-up on the tour, Nishikori is yet to play a final on grass. He, however, has a decent 40-24 record on the surface and reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019, falling to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively.
Berankis Had a Decent French Open
Facing Nishikori will be Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis, who earned a spot in the main draw after winning his qualifiers.
Berankis won his first qualifying round against Germany’s Cedric-Marcel Stebe. The Lithuanian was leading 6-4, 2-1 when the German had to withdraw from the contest.
On Sunday, Berankis defeated Austria’s Dennis Novak 6-4, 6-3 in the second qualifier.
The 30-year-old Lithuanian, ranked 84th in the world, comes to Halle with an 8-8 record in 2021, which includes his best-ever showing at the French Open, where he won two matches in a row for the first time, defeating Ugo Humbert and James Duckworth in the first two rounds, before falling to Novak Djokovic in the Round of 32.
Yet to win a title in his career, Berankis is a two-time finalist, but hasn’t reached one since featuring in the Moscow final in 2017.
The Lithuanian has struggled on grass throughout his career and begins the season with a 4-15 career record on the surface.
Nishikori v Berankis Prediction and Tip
Nishikori will be a favourite to win this contest and advance. He is a dangerous player on any surface and has far more experience than his opponent, particularly on grass, where the Lithuanian clearly struggles.