Unseeded players Yoshihito Nishioka and Miomir Kecmanovic will face off for that elusive quarter-final berth at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday, March 13 and the match will kick-start at 11 am (7 pm BST). Get Yoshihito Nishioka v Miomir Kecmanovic live streaming options here.
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Yoshihito Nishioka v Miomir Kecmanovic Head to Head
These two players have never played each other at the highest level so far.
Surprise Showing from Inconsistent Nishioka
Not many had given Nishioka a chance to come this far, especially given he was playing the highly talented Felix Auger-Aliassime. And things looked like he was in trouble against the Canadian for sure, having lost the first set and then having to claw back to level things up and then win the final set on a tie-breaker as well.
And while it wasn’t the finest performance on show, the Japanese player showed scrap, showed fighting capabilities that would hold him in a good stead against a virtual unknown in the form of Kecmanovic.
Nishioka, himself, had been going through bit of a rut after having won his first ever ATP title last year. Having made the quarter-finals at the Sydney International after having to qualify for the tournament, he hadn’t won two matches in a row in the next four tournaments that followed before the Indian Wells Masters.
Here, he’s beaten Denis Kudla, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Auger-Aliassime already.
Who is Kecmanovic?
Well, that’s the question most ask when a 130th-ranked, lucky-loser makes it to the fourth round of a Masters tournament. What has obviously helped Kecmanovic is that as a lucky loser he was replacing a seeded player and made it straight to the second round, enjoying the bye and then going on to win the next two matches.
That included one against the 32nd-ranked Laslo Djere in the second round, and in straight sets too.
To give a context on the enormity of Kecmanovic’s performance, his best result in all the previous tournaments that he’s played this year – and that’s a total of six of them including three Challengers – is one quarter-final appearance at one of the Challengers.
All of a sudden, he is in with a chance to make it to the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 competition.
Yoshihito Nishioka v Miomir Kecmanovic Predictions & Tips
While Nishioka is a favourite here, with William Hill offering 5/9 for his win, things might not be as straightforward as that and we can expect a three-setter coming up between two players who have a lot at stake here – ranking points and prize money included.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 13/10 (William Hill) (William Hill)
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