TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Dan Evans (18) meets Kei Nishikori in the Second Round on Saturday October 9th, 2021.
There are some very interesting matchups in the Second Round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open, and Dan Evans vs Kei Nishikori is no exception. Both veterans have been having solid seasons this year and are back on their preferred surface. This match will likely come down to who is the strongest tactically, as both men have similar, solid baseline games. Who will get the upper hand here and advance to the Third Round?
Dan Evans is seeded 18th here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and is ranked at a career-high #22 on the ATP Tour. The British number one has been having yet another consistent season this year, and even claimed his first title of his career at the Murray River Open. Evans has a very unique game, utilizing his slice backhand to great effect with no real holes in his game. He prefers this surface and has had some great results on it, with his main struggles coming against the power players who can blow him off the court. His current opponent Kei Nishikori will be unable to do so, but that does not mean that he should be underestimated, as he is one of the most experienced and successful players in this draw.
Kei Nishikori is a former top 5 player that currently finds himself at #53 after a difficult few years with injuries and loss of form. He has had a solid season so far this year but is yet to really go deep in an event and will be hoping that this is the tournament where that happens. There are not many players that are as consistent and tactically solid as the Japanese star, but his opponent Dan Evans will push him to the limit here. Nishikori surprisingly had to come from a set down to defeat Joao Sousa and used every ounce of his experience to get the win. If he plays his best he definitely has a good chance at the upset here, and it will be interesting to see what happens in this matchup.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Kei Nishikori leading the head to head series 3-1. Interestingly, the Japanese star has won the last three matches, with Evans not winning since 2013. I am expecting yet another battle, with each player being able to call on vast experience to help them here. This match is likely to go down to the wire, but I am going with Kei Nishikori to get the win here. Dan Evans has been very inconsistent this season despite his higher ranking, and I think that Nishikori will be too steady for him here. It won’t be easy by any means, but expect Kei to win here, advancing to the Third Round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
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