Former World No. 1 Andy Murray will square off against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a blockbuster first round at the 2021 San Diego Open on Monday, September 27. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori Head to Head
Murray and Nishikori have contested 11 meetings before this, and remarkably it is the Scot who leads the series 9-2. However, they have not played each other since the 2017 season.
Murray Stuns The Field In Metz
After another hard luck in the main draw, it appeared Andy Murray’s presence in Metz was just to make up the numbers. The Scotsman had drawn the World No. 26 and home favorite, Ugo Humbert, this past week in the opening round of Moselle Open.
But even with a surgically repaired hip, Murray turned back the clock to produce a come-from-behind win against the odds. An error-strewn performance by the Frenchman certainly helped his course, giving Murray plenty of optimism in winning his subsequent round against Vasek Pospisil.
Murray went close in search of another shock victory in the quarterfinals but found Hubert Hurkacz’s level a tad too good. The Pole was clutch on serve, saving all four break points he faced in that match en route to a tight 7-6 6-3 win.
Still, it was a positive return to tour-level tennis for Murray since he suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the US Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas. But despite getting another wild card entry in San Diego, the 34-year-old cannot get a lucky break when it comes to cushy first-round opponents.
Nishikori Seeks Rare Win Over Brit
Kei Nishikori has a terrible record against all four members of the famous Big 4. Nishikori has lost a combined 47 matches against the quartet, and mastering nine wins in the process.
Two of those wins have come against Murray including the 2014 ATP Finals on the indoor hard courts in London. Nishikori will fancy his chances of recording a rare win against the former World No. 1, now that Murray is operating well below his top-level from recent years.
But the issue remains; Nishikori has fallen down the pecking order and has a questionable fitness record of his own. He is still comfortably Japan’s No.1 men’s player right now, and has bounced back superbly this year after an injury-hit 2020.
Nishikori has posted a solid 25-16 record for the season, reaching the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics and the most recently the semifinal in Washington.
Murray v Nishikori Prediction and Tip
This could possibly be the first time Nishikori enters this matchup as the favorite. While Murray did so well to score an upset win over an off-color Ugo Humbert, we should be cognizant of his physical condition now that he is playing his third straight tournament this month.