TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Kei Nishikori takes on Salvatore Caruso in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Will Kei Nishikori go through? Will Salvatore Caruso pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we will see one of the veterans of the ATP Tour and a former US Open finalist show what he’s still got. Who will move on to the Round of 64 at the 2021 US Open?
Kei Nishikori has had a decent season, considering he’s been trying to recover from an injury, he’s been doing rather well, hitting pretty consistently and for the most part just wearing out his opponents with incredible fitness and depth/consistency of shot. He doesn’t have the best serve, which is definitely something that’s hindered him against the top players this year. He’s been winning a lot of matches, but often has come up short against the best, not being able to excel in the best moments or serve his way out of trouble like so many of them can. None of this should be a problem coming up against Salvatore Caruso, though, who is not too known of a player on the ATP Tour and will most likely not cause many problems for Nishikori, who should most likely cruise through his first round match to kick off his campaign here at the 2021 US Open.
Salvatore Caruso has been playing some smaller tournaments, as well as some challengers, however not that much tennis overall. With a low ranking, less experience and level at the moment, he really doesn’t have a lot of hope coming into this match against Kei Nishikori, who despite not being at his best this year, has still played some top 20 level at many points throughout the season. He will definitely have to return well, as Nishikori doesn’t have that strong of a serve, so if he’s able to take advantage of that sometimes then I foresee him being able to create a couple opportunities here and there. He will also have to take care of his serve though, as Nishikori substitutes for his lack of service with incredible returns and movement in that department. So, of course it will be much easier said than done to attempt to upset Nishikori for a spot in the Round of 64 at the 2021 US Open.
Kei Nishikori and Salvatore Caruso have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. I suspect it wouldn’t be too interesting of a match-up, with Nishikori simply being the better player, he would likely have won any meeting they would have had, even in recent years. Still, Caruso should stay mentally strong and confident in himself, and he should really try to stick to that general gameplan of aggression, while Nishikori tends to play more defensively and stays away from too much aggression, he is getting older and he is not at the level which he once was, so if Caruso can play aggressive enough, and somehow hit through the ball really hard better than he ever has before, then he could stand a chance to fight for a spot in the Round of 64 at the 2021 US Open.
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