With minimal effort required, Kei Nishikori found himself strolling into the third round of the Miami Open, where he will encounter Serbia’s Viktor Troicki for the third rime on the ATP World tour. The pair split their previous two encounters and have not crossed paths on the tour since 2013, so it will be interesting to see who prevails in this intriguing rubber match. Check out the Nishikori vs Troicki Head to Head.
The tournament’s fourth seed breezed into the third round in Miami with a straight sets victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny. He won 70% of his first service pints and converted five break points to close out the match in one hour and nine minutes. It was also his 19th win on of the season, which emphasizes his impressive first quarter in 2015.
“I felt really good on the court,” said Nishikori. “Really confident. It was a little windy, but the weather was actually good. It wasn’t too hot or too humid. It was easy to play. And also I was almost dictating the court against Misha, and serving well. Everything was good. So really happy the way I’m playing today.”
Victor Troicki needed three sets to defeat Italy’s Simone Bolelli 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. He struck nine aces, won 71% f his first service points and converted three break points to close out the match in two hours and 11 minutes.
This marks the third time that Nishikori and Troicki will cross paths on the professional tour, with the series split at 1-1. Troicki won their first meeting in 2010, while Nishikori avenged that Tokyo loss in 2010 with a Madrid Masters victory in 2013. Given that the Japanese No. 1 is the player on a upward career trajectory, the odds will favour him to earn the victory within three sets. With a title and runner-up finish already notched under his belt so far this season, Nishikori should be the pick to satisfy the oddsmakers.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Three Sets
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