TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Kei Nishikori takes on Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.
Will Ilya Ivashka get a huge upset win under his belt to put Belarus on the map here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Will Kei Nishikori build on his tight match win over Marcos Giron in the Round of 32? This will be a very tight and entertaining match, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Ilya Ivashka came through an extremely tight second round match against the experienced Mikhail Kukushkin, coming back from a set down to win in 3 sets 6-7/6-3/6-3. Ilya Ivashka is not very well known on the ATP Tour, mainly focusing on Challenger Tour tournaments and ATP 250 tournaments. However, Ivashka should not be taken lightly because he has so much power behind his shots and he can get some big wins if someone underestimates him. Ivashka will want to go far to make his home country of Belarus proud here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but he will need to be at his best as he now meets the very in form and local hero, Kei Nishikori.
Kei Nishikori battled through a very entertaining 3 set win over Marcos Giron in the second round, beating the American 7-6/3-6/6-1. Kei Nishikori should have won this match in straight sets but once he got the first set under his belt he let his guard down. Marcos Giron used that to get the second set and then Kei put a quick stop to it, dominating the third set to win the match with some momentum. Kei is now the only Japanese player left in the tennis draw for both the women and the men singles so he has a lot of pressure on himself, but he knows that he can go far if he beats Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 16.
Kei Nishikori and Ilya Ivashka have never met before, with this being their first ever career meeting. Ilya Ivashka has nothing to lose in this match so he will be swinging for the fences hoping to cause the upset to impress Belarusian fans at home. However, Kei Nishikori has so much experience, is a Bronze medallist, and knows how to come through tight matches so he will give it his absolute best as well. Kei seems to be much more determined and motivated here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and he will leave it all out on the line, and I don’t expect Ilya to do the same.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Kei Nishikori to Win.
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