Argentina’s clay-court specialist Federico Delbonis will be searching for his first hard-court win of 2021 when he takes on Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Thursday, October 7. Get the live streaming options of this Federico Delbonis v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Federico Delbonis v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
Delbonis has a 1-0 lead in this matchup, beating Nishioka in straight sets at the 2015 Sarasota Challenger.
Delbonis Still Chasing First Hard-court Win of 2021
As the season enters its final month of regular tennis, Federico Delbonis is still chasing for that elusive first win on hard courts. Delbonis hasn’t garnered a single win outside clay this year despite posting a 24-20 record in 2021.
In fact, the Argentine’s problems on hard courts stem from his 2020 season in which he only managed one main draw win (beating Joao Sousa at the Australian Open). That was also the last time he managed to win a set in an outdoor hard court event.
But despite his documented struggles on faster surfaces, his form on clay has served him extremely well. The Argentine has maintained his standing in the world’s Top 50, sitting comfortably at 44th in the rankings coming to Indian Wells.
Delbonis famously reached the Round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in 2016, stunning former World No. 1 Andy Murray in three sets en route. Can he rediscover that magic from five years ago and erase his appalling record on the surface against Nishioka?
Nishioka Loves Playing In The Desert
Yoshihito Nishioka may be 73rd in the world rankings right now, but you can write him off at your own peril. And more so at the Indian Wells Masters where he has made the Round of 16 on two occasions (2017 & 2019).
The man from Japan has scored big wins over the likes of Tomas Berdych, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the previous editions of this event. But Nishioka’s major problem continues to be his body. Injuries have hampered his progress significantly throughout his career, that he hasn’t managed to build on his current ranking.
Nishioka has had three retirements this season, the latest which came in Washington at the start of August. Aside from that, he is looking to snap a terrible spell of results in recent months. Since beating John Isner in the first round of Wimbledon, the 26-year-old is yet to taste another win in the main draw of an ATP tournament.
The diminutive Japanese lost to Jack Sock in his last outing at the US Open.
Delbonis v Nishioka Prediction and Tip
Nishioka’s return packs a punch. And he has demonstrated time and again what a clever retriever he is against some of the best servers in men’s tennis. Given Delbonis’ appalling record on hard courts, not even his mammoth serve is likely to bail him out of trouble.