Madrid 2016: Djokovic vs. Nishikori Semifinal Prediction

Kei Nishikori vs. Novak Djokovic

Thus far in 2016, Kei has won Memphis, was runner-up in Miami, and runner-up at Barcelona.  Those 3 events alone have helped Nishikori bank 1150 ranking points.  Kei plays well on clay and has a great history in Madrid.  However, I don’t see him beating Novak in Madrid because I can’t see him generating enough offense or eliciting enough errors to topple the world #1.  He may win a set, but over time I think Novak finds a way to win this match even if he doesn’t have his “A” game.  Nishikori can make spectacular assaults on his opponent, but they are predicated on timing and court positioning.  I think Novak will deny him that court positioning if this match turns into a battle.  Of course, Novak could simply play airtight tennis and win in a straightforward manner.

My Prediction: Novak Djokovic d. Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3

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