Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori is through to the third round at the All England Club and will now look to extend his streak against Simone Bolelli, whom he has never faced on the professional tour.
The tenth seed cruised into the third round of the Wimbledon Championships with a 6-3,6-2,6-1 win over qualifier Denis Kudla. It was a comfortable showing from Nishikori, who struck 8 aces and 43 winners past his opponent. He has now proven to be a consistent force at this event, as he has not lost before the third round in three consecutive attempts.
“It was almost a perfect game for me,” said Nishikori. “I able to break his serve early each set. I was more relaxed. Also I was able to attack his groundstrokes. He didn’t have a big serve, so I was able to put some pressure on his service game.
“Especially since the clay court season I gained more confidence. My tennis is changing; I’m more consistent and everything is going well. Even on grass, my serve is getting better. I can be more aggressive on the groundstrokes. I try to come in more on grass especially. I feel really comfortable playing on grass.”
Simone Bolelli earned one of more noticeable upsets of the day when he defeated 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. It was an entertaining match to witness and was a fine moment for Bolelli, who displayed heart and determination to find the break in the fifth and final set.
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and could make for an interesting contest if Bolelli can once again find the magic he possessed on Thursday. Even if he does come in form, Nishikori is a ruthless competitor who had proven to be worthy of his ranking in the upper echelon of the men’s game.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Four Sets