World No. 58 Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will take on Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, ranked 64th in the world in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship on Thursday, July 1. Get the live streaming options of this Yoshihito Nishioka v Aljaz Bedene match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yoshihito Nishioka v Aljaz Bedene Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 25 year old Japanese, and the Slovenian, who is six years older.
Nishioka Into the Second Round for the First Time
The Japanese number two is into the second round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
And he got there by beating the big serving American, John Isner, the world number 33, and number 28 seed, in a five set contest.
The first set was dominated by serve to the extent that there was only one break point created, which Nishioka could not convert. However, he did secure the vital point against serve in the tie-break to take the first set.
Isner, though, quickly hit back and two breaks were enough for the American to level proceedings.
The third set developed into another service battle, but this time it was Isner who cracked and dropped his serve, enabling Nishioka to take the lead in the match once more.
Each had rare break opportunities in the fourth set, but could not take them, and yet again it resulted in a tie-break. And this time it was the American who came out on top, and forced a fifth and decisive set.
That went with serve but, in the 10th game, with Isner serving to stay in the contest, Nishioka had a match point. Isner saved that one, but not the second that came along shortly afterwards.
Bedene Makes a Comfortable Start
Bedene has made it into the second round of Wimbledon, which is practically a home event for him because he lives in London, for the fourth time in his career, with his best previous result coming in 2017, when he reached the third round at the All-England club.
He began his campaign this time, with a very comfortable win over Corentin Moutet of France, the world ranked 83rd player.
The Slovenian began well and was soon two service breaks to the good in the first set. There was a temporary blip when he dropped his own service, and he could not convert the first three set points he earned, but then put away the fourth.
The second set went with serve until the ninth game, when Moutet dropped his serve once more. Bedene then won the next seven games, taking the third set to love, to book his place in the next round.
Nishioka v Bedene Prediction and Tip
Although neither man has a particularly good record at Wimbledon, Bedene virtually has home advantage and will benefit from the fact that he had a comfortable first round match, whereas Nishioka was involved in a tough battle with Isner.
The Slovenian will be the fresher, and that should give him the edge.