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07 Sep 2018 by Trystan Pugh

2018 US Open – Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic taking place? Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York

When is Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic on and what time does it start? Friday 7th September, 2018 - (not before) 22:30 (UK)

What channel is Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic on? Amazon have exclusive rights to this year’s US Open, so coverage is online only

Where can I stream Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match online via Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/index.html

THE LOWDOWN

KEI NISHIKORI

  • Nishikori was taken to five sets by Marin Cilic - the man who beat him in the 2014 final - in Wednesday's quarter-final but he came through to reach the third Grand Slam semi-final of his career.
  • His previous two have also come at the US Open, and on one of those occasions (2014) he defeated Djokovic in four sets so he will be aiming for a repeat of that performance.
  • Unfortunately for Nishikori, Djokovic has been the victor in all 13 meetings since that match and has generally dominated this rivalry, so the Japanese player knows he is up against it here.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Despite again appearing to struggle with the humid conditions, Djokovic battled past Roger Federer's conqueror John Millman in straight sets on Wednesday to continue his bid for a third US Open title.
  • The Serb's favourable record against Nishikori will give him great belief that he can make it through to an eighth final at Flushing Meadows and with the temperatures set to cool down in New York, that will only help his cause.
  • A key factor behind his dominance in this rivalry is that his strength targets his opponent's weakness. Djokovic is the greatest returner in the history of the game, and he uses that to great effect against Nishikori who doesn't possess a serve that can really hurt the Serb.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Nishikori and Djokovic possess very similar games in that they are both great defenders from the back of the court, they move incredibly well and they like to dictate from the baseline, but the fact of the matter is that Djokovic is superior in all those departments and has a few extra weapons in his arsenal that Nishikori doesn't possess.

Nishikori has enough about him to make this a competitive affair and we should see plenty of long rallies, but if Djokovic plays to his best then there will only be one winner. A straight-sets win is not out of the question for the two-time champion, whose incredible consistency at the US Open is set to continue.

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