Following Thiem’s withdrawal from the Mutua Madrid Open, the quarter-final scheduled to take place will now feature world No. 12 Kei Nishikori and Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. The two competitors have previously met on 4 occasions on the professional tour, with the series tied at 2-2. Check out the Nishikori vs Lopez Head to Head matches.
Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori continues to cruise in Madrid. After starting his campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig, Nishikori followed up with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Spain’s Garcia-Lopez on Tuesday. His next contest would take place on Thursday against Canadian No.1 Milos Raonic, whom he defeated with a pair of tiebreakers 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
The world No. 12 has now reached the quarter-final with dropping a single set in Madrid. Last year he reached this exact stage in the event but lost to Spain’s Pablo Andujar, ranked No. 113 at the time, in straight sets. Coming off his title win in Barcelona two weeks ago, Nishikori is looking to add to his clay court titles this week in Madrid.
“I feel very strong right now, especially after winning Barcelona. I had the injury in Miami that was very unfortunate. Hopefully I can stay healthy for a while now and do well in every tournament. I hope I can qualify for the [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals]. That’s going to be a big goal.”
Feliciano Lopez reached the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters after Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem withdrew from the event. Prior to that, the Spaniard needed two three-set matches to defeat both Federico Delbonis and Mikhail Youzhny.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the series tied at 2-2. Each earned a hard court victory last season, while Lopez holds the only clay court win in the series. While that may the case, this match-up should favour Nishikori, particularly considering his fantastic transition o clay in 2014.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Three Sets