TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Novak Djokovic takes on Kei Nishikori in the Quarter-Finals on Thursday, July 29th, 2021.
Which of these two experienced players will come out on top of this extremely entertaining encounter? Will it be the Rio 2016 Bronze medallist, Kei Nishikori, to give himself a strong chance at another medal in Tokyo? Will it be Novak Djokovic to get one step closer to his goal of winning gold to keep the Golden Slam dreams alive? Both players know each other quite well and can win this match, but only one will make their way to the Semi-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Kei Nishikori put on an amazing victory against Ilya Ivashka in the third round, beating the Belarusian in straight sets 7-6/6-0. It was great to see Kei show two sides of his game in that match, being able to maintain his composure during a tight set, and then being able to just dominate and not let his opponent get anything going. Kei will be very happy to be very close to getting a medal here in his home country because it would bring so much happiness to his fans. However, he now has to be at his absolute best if he wants to cause the biggest upset of the tournament so far by beating the heavy favourite, Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic cruised through his third round match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, beating the Spaniard in straight sets 6-3/6-1. Novak Djokovic will be very happy with his game because he is just cruising through anyone that he comes up against. Novak will have seen the likes of Rublev and Tsitsipas lose early on here in Tokyo which only gives him more of a chance to reach the Final and compete for the Gold Medal. Novak has shown us that he is so determined here in Tokyo and he will have to ensure he is at his best now that he meets the in form and local Kei Nishikori.
Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori have met 18 times before, with Novak Djokovic leading the head to head 16-2. Novak has always had the upper hand in his rivalry and I see this going the same way again in this Tokyo 2020 Olympics Quarter-Final. Kei Nishikori is playing at home and he is the only Japanese player left in either the men or women draws so he will leave his heart out on the court, but I think that against Novak at this level, the best he can achieve is winning one set. It will be the most entertaining match of the day, with Novak making his way to the Semi-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics tightly.
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