Miami Open 2016 finals: Novak Djokovic v/s Kei Nishikori | Match Preview


The World no.1 Novak Djokovic would be facing the no.6 seed Kei Nishikori in the finals of Miami open 2016. Novak Djokovic is inching closer towards matching the record of Andre Agassi’s record of winning the Miami open. The former has won the title 5 times as of now. The 28-year-old Serb’s victory in the previous match was not easy. The world no.1 gave a poor start to the match leading to a tiebreaker in the first set which was later won by Djokovic by 2 points. The second set was a good show by Djokovic. The world no.1 ended up winning the match by 7-6(7-5), 6-4 in 2 hours.

Post match, he said: “It was evident that we both struggled with conditions,”Physically, it was a great battle. I think we were both trying to catch some breath after some points. It was windy, it was warm, it was humid.” “I was on the back foot on that point, he was dictating”. “He came to the net and I anticipated where he might smash the ball, he framed it a little bit.” “I had to defend well, which I think I did at the end of the tie-break.”

The world no.6 Kei Nishikori won his semi-finals clash against Kyrgios by 6-3, 7-5. The two players, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori have performed quite well in the tournament so far. Especially Novak Djokovic, the conditions in Miami have certainly not been easy. But despite the bad conditions, his performance has been excellent. His performance against Kyle Edmund and J.Sousa was commendable. Well, the Japenese cannot be criticised as even he has played an excellent tournament till now. His win against Dolgopolov was indeed terrific, he claimed a 6-2 6-2 victory against the Ukranian.

Djokovic and Nishikori have met 8 times before, with Djokovic winning 6 out of the eight. One of them has been a recent win by Djokovic in the Australian open. The match will indeed be an interesting one. “It’s going to be tough”, said the Japenese professional; Kei Nishikori. He further added, “”We just played in Australia and I lost in straight sets, so I need to do something better.” The two will clash on 3rd of April at 10:30 pm. (IST)