TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Andy Murray takes on Kei Nishikori in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021.
Will Kei Nishikori move on? Will Andy Murray pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two veterans of the ATP Tour clashing early on, let’s see who can clinch out the win. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 San Diego Open?
Kei Nishikori has been playing pretty good tennis this year, while he is not as good as he was before, he’s definitely playing at a high level, certainly at a higher level than what his ranking indicates. He’s got a tough one coming up against Andy Murray, and while he is the favorite, it will be a tough one for him for sure. I think he should be able to get the win, however, he will have to be aggressive on second serve returns. Much like Nishikori, Murray is not playing like his old self either, and I feel as if his serve has definitely lost some pop, for someone like Nishikori, who is a stronger returner than he is as a server, this is good news. I fully expect Nishikori to be able to take advantage of a lot of opportunities on return and outplay him on that end, it will most certainly be an interesting contest, let’s see if Nishikori can meet all the expectations and pull out the win to head through to the next round 2021 San Diego Open.
Andy Murray has been playing pretty well, pushing a lot of top players and showing remnants of his old self. He’s been hitting pretty well, utilizing his very versatile and complete groundstrokes to win lots of the longer exchanges in his matches. The problem is, he’s coming up against Kei Nishikori, who if we look back at, plays a pretty similar game to Murray, he just plays a little more aggressively, and his shots arent as effective. However, at this point in time, Nishikori’s somewhat aggressive nature gives him the edge for sure, as Murray’s shots simply aren’t what they were. While I do expect that the match could be a close one, I just don’t think that Murray will be able to outlast Nishikori on a lot of the points, and while he has a shot at the win, especially if he serves well, I’m thinking he’ll lose a close one and Nishikori will be the one moving on here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori have met 11 times before, with Andy Murray leading the head to head 9-2. It’s been a historically poor matchup for Nishikori as I have mentioned, where Murray can simply hit with more from the ground, and the fact that he returns so well against Nishikori’s rather weak serve, it certainly gives him the edge. However now if we look at their games, we’ll see that Nishikori will actually have a lot of shots at Murray’s serve, and while Murray’s returns could still potentially be effective against Nishikori’s serve, he doesn’t really have the game to back up any opportunities he could get on that end. While it could be a close one, I expect Nishikori to win a close one and move on to the next round at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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