Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Indian Wells Open 2021: Nishikori Holds the Edge

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Dan Evans will kickstart his 2021 Indian Wells against Kei Nishikori in the second round, on Saturday, October 9. Get the live streaming options of this Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori Head to Head

This will be the fifth meeting between Evans and Nishikori, with Nishikori currently leading the H2H 3-1. Their last meeting occurred on the clay courts of Roland Garros in 2020, with Nishikori winning 1-6 6-1 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4 in a 5-set epic.

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Evans Looking to Avenge Roland Garros Loss

Evans is currently at a career high of 21st in the live rankings after an impressive season for the Brit. Evans currently possesses a 23/19 W/L ratio for the year and claimed his first ATP title in Melbourne at the start of the year.

This run in Melbourne was his first tournament of the year, successfully lifting the trophy without dropping a set the entire tournament. Along the way, the Brit defeated Sousa, Giron, Coric, and Chardy, before getting the better of Auger-Aliassime in the final 6-2 6-3 to secure his first title.

Another stand-out result for Evans involved reaching the last 4 in Monte Carlo where he claimed a victory over Djokovic 6-4 7-5 in the 3rd round. The 31-year-old also secured wins against Lajovic, Hurkacz, and Goffin, eventually losing to Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.

The Melbourne champion also recently reached the 4th round of the US Open, losing to eventual champion Medvedev 6-3 6-4 6-3 in the round of 16. Prior to this defeat, Evans defeated Monteiro, Giron, and Popyrin, before succumbing to the Russian.

Nishikori Tussles Past Sousa

Nishikori has slipped down the rankings and is currently sitting at 53rd, meaning he is unseeded and didn’t receive a bye in the opening round. The 31-year-old successfully battled past Sousa in a 3-set battle, winning 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 to claim victory.

During the tie, Nishikori was able to break serve 7 times and win 48% of return points, putting his opponent under lots of pressure behind his serve. Teeing down 5 aces, Nishikori was able to see off Sousa in 2 hours 24 minutes to set up a tie with Evans.

The Japanese star possesses a 26/16 W/L ratio for the year, and his deepest run into a tournament came in Washington at the start of August where he made the semi-finals. Nishikori defeated Querrey, Bublik, Norrie, and Harris along the way before losing to Mcdonald in the last 4 6-4 3-6 7-5.

Having defeated Evans on 3 prior occasions, Nishikori will be filled with confidence going into the tie and will be looking at making the 3rd round to set up a tie with either Schwartzman or Cressy.

Evans v Nishikori Prediction and Tip

Nishikori could hold the edge in this one but either way we could see a three-set encounter.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Indian Wells Open will be played from October 6 to October 17. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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