We meet in the old Barcelona where the tail end of the ATP 500 tournament has started. Daniil Medvedev and Kei Nishikori are going to face off in one of the Semi-finals. Two very talented players. We’re gonna see a very exciting match between two talents. This one is going to be a really entertaining matchup, so, please review our thoughts on this match here below.
Firstly about the Russian. Daniil had a very successful last season when he managed to win three ATP titles. This season started as a dream as well and Medvedev already has a hard court title under his belt and goes deep almost in every tournament that he plays in. Clay court season also started unexpectedly well for Daniil. This is his second semi-final in succession. Last week Medvedev lost to Dusan Lajovic who had a brilliant tournament and played out of his skin to reach his first ever ATP 1000 final. After a tough first round where he managed to get through a tricky opponent on clay Albert Ramos in a decider, Daniil cruised in later matches to reach semis.
Medvedev is a very versatile player who can play equally well on the baseline and at the net. One of the best defensive players on the tour. His style is somewhat similar to Djokovic. He also has a decent serve and looking closely to his body language he seems like a pretty calm and collected guy who is cool under pressure.
Kei Nishikori – an undisputed Japanese number one for about a decade. A player who has a full album of his trophies surrounded by sakuras. Jokes aside Kei’s form and the start of the season is one of the worst of his career. Though he started the year promising to win a title in Brisbane all went downwards after that. AO ended up in retirement and Kei hasn’t been able to get back to his winning ways. However, this week has brought the vintage samurai back and Japanese easily got through to semis in straight sets. Kei always enjoyed playing in Barcelona and had great results here.
Nishikori is a very good baseline player. Has a world-class backhand and a very good forehand, is one of the best movers on the tour and is great on the transition from defense to offense. Kei can play patiently but is very good and probably better when offensive. Is one of the best players in switching directions. Though his serve is not the best hr compensates it with a brilliant return.
Players have met three times and the Japanese won two of them. A match that was played on clay was one by Nishikori in straight sets.