Miami Preview – Nick Kyrgios v Kei Nishikori

Nick Kyrgios’ debut in Miami could not be going better. The Australian had never made it past the third round of a Masters 1000 event in the past but is now one win away from his first final. Standing in his way of a place in the final is former semi-finalist Kei Nishikori who always does well in Miami and is looking to progressing to his second Masters 1000 final after making the final of Madrid back in 2014 but ended up retiring due to injury with Nadal lifting the title.

Nick has made it to the semi-final with some exceptional performances without a set dropped all week and was impressive against Kuznetsov who of course defeated Wawrinka and in the quarter finals controlled the match from ball one to match point against Milos Raonic. Kei on the other hand had to battle hard against Monfils in the quarter finals saving a massive five match points against the Frenchman. I think he did make it difficult for himself at the start of the first and during the middle of the third set surrendering that break of serve but came through in the end!

Kyrgios’ performance against Raonic in the quarter finals was in my opinion one of the best this week. The commentator on Sky Sports said after he broke in the first game of the match “he’s got that spring in his step” and it propelled him to maintain complete control of the match throughout and despite a close second set eventually being decided by a tie-breaker but the result never felt in doubt.

This match-up has the makings to be a marathon match. Both are patient on the baseline and will be looking to secure big points and gain control of rallies with the incredible power they produce off the forehand. Just look at this patient play from Nick against Raonic in the quarter finals

Video via YouTube Channel – ATPWorldTour

Kei and Nick have met before on the tour at the Shanghai Masters last season. Nick pretty much raced to a 6-1 lead against the current world number six however Kei re-grouped and controlled the match from then on in to secure a 1-6 6-4 6-4 win.

I don’t really know what to expect from this one. I’m finding a winner difficult to predict. I don’t think that Kei will get away with some of the sloppy play at times he did get away with against Monfils and on the other side I think a good start and an early break would be essential for Kyrgios as the longer games go on with no breaks you might see some frustration.

If I had to choose one to win it would be Kyrgios. He’s played consistently well all week and hasn’t dropped a set and could be set for the biggest final of his career so far!

 

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