TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Kei Nishikori takes on Marcos Giron in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, July 27th, 2021.
Will Marcos Giron be able to shock us all as he aims to beat the very in form and Olympic Bronze medalist Kei Nishikori? Will Kei Nishikori build on his superb first round performance where he beat Andrey Rublev? This will be an entertaining match with both players giving it their all, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Marcos Giron came through a very tight 3 set match against Norbert Gombos, beating him 7-6/3-6/6-2. Marcos Giron is becoming more and more of a mainstay in small ATP 250 hard court tournaments where there is not much top seed competition, but he will now have to raise his level even more in Tokyo as there is so much competition here. Marcos is not very well known on the ATP Tour, which can be both a blessing and a curse as opponents don’t know what to expect, but neither does Marcos. Marcos will have to come out here swinging for the fences as he meets the in form Kei Nishikori. Can he cause the big upset?
Kei Nishikori cruised through his first round match in amazing fashion against Andrey Rublev, beating the Russian in straight sets 6-3/6-4. Kei Nishikori definitely came out to play and he used all of his Olympic success in Rio to give him extra energy coming into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Kei will know that he can go far here because he is solid in hard court conditions, being able to play both as a one two puncher and a long baseline rallier. Kei will know he played strongly against Rublev but he cannot take Marcos Giron too lightly in this second round match if he wants to prevent the upset.
Kei Nishikori and Marcos Giron have never met before, with this being their first ever career meeting. Marcos Giron can definitely keep things tight at moments, but having seen how Nishikori dominated such a high ranked opponent in Rublev makes me think he will not stop now. Kei won Bronze by beating Nadal in Rio in 2016 and he will not let someone lower ranked like Marcos Giron beat him on such a big stage. The sets might be tight with Giron having nothing to lose, but Kei should make his way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by winning in straight sets.
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