Looking to move to 2-0 in Group Lleyton Hewitt and all but confirm qualification, Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori face off during the afternoon session at the ATP World Tour Finals. With Roger Federer in his third match, picking up a second victory looks key for Anderson here. Check out the Nishikori vs Anderson H2H stats.
The South African put on a superb serving performance in his straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem, dropping just 4 points on first serve in the 6-3 7-6 victory. It extends his record over the Austrian to a surprising 7-2. “I think it was important, going out there and getting off to a good start,” said Anderson. “I definitely felt a little bit nervous. But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my service games nicely [and I] created quite a few opportunities on his serve.” he said. Holding his nerve in the second set tiebreak could prove key, both in terms of confidence and eventual qualification scenarios.
Nishikori is also 1-0 after taking advantage of a rather lacklustre Roger Federer performance, defeating the Swiss in straight sets. It gives him a huge chance of topping the group now, with his toughest match in theory now gone. It was his first win against the World No. 3 since 2014.
Nishikori and Anderson will be playing for the third tournament running, having split straight sets victories in Vienna and Paris. Especially with the 6-3 record the Japanese holds against his opponent, Nishikori’s spot as the betting favourite looks fair.
The court isn’t quite as fast as Anderson may have liked but it is still fairly complimentary to his game style, as those serving stats showed. “ut the court’s playing great. You know, it feels maybe a little bit slower than Paris, but all in all, you know, I feel pretty well-adjusted to conditions now. It’s definitely taking the serve nicely. It’s still bounces up, though, as well, so that’s always a good sign for me.” he acknowledged.
Prediction – Kei Nishikori in 3 sets