Sandgren vs Nishioka (By: Stanioooo)
1st round match in Melbourne between Tennys Sandgren and Yoshihito Nishioka.
There are no direct matches between them, but maybe I will shock the audience once again to pick Sandgren to win this match. What a surprise, isn't it? But why in the hell I continue to trust in this guy?
I know both players' game very well and their current form. I watched the way Nishioka played against Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane and he can be actually dangerous in long rallies, but if you play aggressively against him, he is dead. He is far away from Nishikori's class! Grigor beat him 6:3 6:4 and it could be even with bigger difference, but Dimitrov showed little problems on serve, typical for him. Sandgren can rely much more on his serve in comparison with Grigor. Then in Sydney Nishioka made it to the QFs defeating two players in the qualifications+ Harrison and Rublev before losing to Schwartzman in three sets. He destroyed Harrison, that has to be said and then did the same with Rublev, but the Russian doesn't look close to his best form in the start of the season. Well, Diego just showed how you can beat the Japanese- outplay him from the baseline and the job is almost done. Combined with big 1st serve Tennys has the weapons to eliminate him.
On the other side is Sandgren and all of you know that he won the trophy in Auckland, so maybe is expected to be a little tired because there were a lot of matches, but all of them finished in straight sets for him and is also the start of the season, so I don't think fatigue will take part in this match. He served amazingly good in Auckland, also used most of his chances on return and looked solid from the baseline. I expect him to cause Nishioka a lot fo problems when the Japanese is on serve.
Last year Nishioka eliminated Kohlschreiber in a 5-sets match, but then Seppi just outplayed him in straight sets int he 2nd round. About Sandgren- he was one of the main surprises in Melbourne reaching the quarterfinals where Chung was the better one and deserved his place in the SFs. That means the American has a lot of points to defend, which will be also motivating for him.
I expect Sandgren to win this match in four sets.
Sandgren vs Nishioka prediction
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