Kremlin Cup 2021: Mackenzie McDonald vs. Yoshihito Nishioka Tennis Pick and Prediction

Kremlin Cup 2021: Mackenzie McDonald vs. Yoshihito Nishioka Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Kremlin Cup as Mackenzie McDonald takes on Yoshihito Nishioka in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.

Will Mackenzie McDonald move on? Will Yoshihito Nishioka pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a great matchup with two different playstyles. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Kremlin Cup?

Mackenzie McDonald has been playing great tennis lately, reaching the final in Washington and being able to push some great players. He just lost out to Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells, arguably the best hard court player on Earth right now, but still showed his incredible tennis talent is there. He should be feeling pretty confident as he goes into this match against Yoshihito Nishioka. Nishioka hasn’t been seeing the results that he wants as of late, and McDonald has been drastically improving, I feel like he matches up well against Nishioka, despite the negative head to head, as he likes to play a pretty aggressive game, and Nishioka plays a game that tends to be a lot more conservative, with heavy ball striking, he just simply isn’t that consistent, so McDonald should be able to take advantage of that and get a good win as he kicks off his campaign here at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.

Yoshihito Nishioka hasn’t been having the results that he would like to have had lately, and it won’t be getting any easier as he comes up against Mackenzie McDonald. McDonald has been playing great tennis, and Nishioka will struggle against him for sure. It’s a fast court as well, and Nishioka’s playstyle really doesn’t favor those speeds, McDonald on the other hand, likes faster hard courts, where he can play his offensive game and come to the net often. He also has a pretty underrated serve, where Nishioka will probably struggle to handle that as well. McDonald is just simply in better form, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can show that high level and move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.

Mackenzie McDonald and Yoshihito Nishioka have met twice before, with Yoshihito Nishioka leading the head to head 2-0. The head to head is misleading, as both meetings came in 2019, when McDonald wasn’t nearly as good as he is now. McDonald also does have a favorable matchup against Nishioka, but when they play on clay a lot of that advantage is taken away. On a quick court like this, however, I see McDonald having little problem with being able to outhit Nishioka in practically every way. It should be a fun one though either way, let’s see if McDonald can show his level of play and if he’s got what it takes to make a deep run here at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Mackenzie McDonald to win in 2 sets.

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