Coming off his third title of the season, Kei Nishikori will begin his campaign in Tokyo against Ivan Dodig, whom he leads 2-1 in the head-to-head series. As the fourth seed of the tournament, Nishikori faces a potential semi-final against top seed Stan Wawrinka.
Following his first ever appearance in a Grand Slam final, Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori continued his upward trend on the ATP World Tour when he secured his third title of the season at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Nishikori defeated Julien Benneteau, who was desperately trying to end his title drought on the professional tour. The Frenchman moved to 0-10 in ATP finals after Nishikori won the match in 1 hour and 47 minutes, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Ivan Dodig is coming off a rough stretch on the ATP World Tour, as he only managed two wins in the entire US Open Series, before snapping a four-match losing streak in Kulala Lumpur when he defeated Hiroki Moriya. He would go on to lose in the following match to Cuevas before arriving in Tokyo.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Nishikori leading the series 2-1. Their most recent match-up took place this season at the Madrid Masters, where the Japanese No. 1 earned the victory in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Considering Nishikori’s consistency over the past few months on the tour, this should be a relatively straightforward match.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Straight Sets