Nadal vs Nishikori by Igrok
Nadal (5) will play against Nishikori (6)
Nadal's journey to the quarterfinal wasn't that easy. He won against Muller in 3 sets, then against Verdasco in 2 but after a tie-break in the second set and again in 3 sets again the rising star Zverev. Nadal is a three-time Indian Wells champion, winning in 2007, 2009 and 2013. He arrived here after a first round loss in AU Open. After the match against Zverev he said ""A great victory... I'm very happy about it. I am especially happy about the mentality on court, the spirit of fight during the whole match, believing that I can win a match during the whole time even in the tougher situations." Confidence is there.
Nishikori has not impressed here, he hammered Kukushkin but the he had a lot of troubles against Johnson and Isner. He had made the round of 16 just once in seven previous attempts and there is something in this surface that doesn't suit the Japanese. Even other top players like Murray and Wawrinka traditionally struggling here.
Head to head is also in favour of Nadal, 7-1. Nishikori won in Montreal in 2015 on hard but Nadal is much better now than he was during that match.
A this price Nadal is the pick here in my opinion.
Nadal to win
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