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Federer vs Nishikori ATP Paris Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Federer seeks sixth straight win over Nishikori, and a spot in the Paris semis

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 2 Nov 2018
  • Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 8:30pm local time/ 7:30pm GMT
  • Federer leads 6-2 on head-to-head, and has won the last five meetings
Roger Federer. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Roger Federer takes on Kei Nishikori in the quarter finals of the Paris Masters on Friday, as the great Swiss continues his quest for a 100th career title.

Federer claimed his 99th title in Basel last week, when he defeated Romania's Marius Copil in the final. It was his fourth title of the season, and his first in just over four months. The 37-year-old has also been champion at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Stuttgart.

Federer also made finals at Indian Wells, Cincinnati and Halle, while he reached the semi-finals in Shanghai, and quarter finals at Wimbledon. In fact, the only tournaments where he fell before the quarterfinals in 2018 were Miami, where he lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the opening round, and the US Open, where he was beaten by John Millman in the fourth round.

Federer is looking to win the Paris Masters for a second time, a first since his lone success in 2011, and he has enjoyed a pretty serene week, receiving a walkover in his scheduled opening round encounter against Milos Raonic, when the Canadian withdrew from the tournament due to injury, and easing past Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in the second round, despite not being at his best. 

The Swiss served at just 50% for the match, and 36% (!) in the first set, and while he was expectedly dominant on points won on first serve, he did a decent job of protecting his second serve, winning 59% of points on that delivery, including 6 of 6 in the second set.

Federer broke twice early on as he took a 4-1 lead, and but he still had trouble closing out the set, relinquishing one of the breaks, and then having to save two more break points as he served for the set at 5-4. The first four games of the second serve went with serve, but the world number three provided the strong finish, winning four of the next five games to take the win.

"I think both of us were far from our best, but we fought with what we had and at the end I think I maybe served a bit better in the important moments than Fabio did. Off the baseline, it was tough. He takes the ball early and can really redirect really well. But I’m very happy because it means I’m moving on in the tournament."

If he is to keep moving on, he will have to raise his game, as he takes on an in-form Kei Nishikori in the quarter finals on Friday.


Nishikori booked his spot in the last eight with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson, avenging the loss he had suffered against the South African just a few days ago in the Vienna final. 

Kei Nishikori. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Nishikori was solid behind his serve, winning 86% of points on his first serve, 68% on his second, and giving up no break points throughout the match. He broke Anderson once in each set in the one-hour 20-minute victory.

Defeat for Nishikori on Thursday would have ended his chances of finishing in the Top 8 in the ATP's Race to London, and thus ruled him out of direct qualification for the Nitto ATP Finals, but he has given himself a fighting chance of usurping either Marin Cilic or Dominic Thiem. All three combatants battling for the final two automatic slots are still active in Paris. Ninth place may still be good enough to get into London, with uncertainty surrounding the participation of Juan Martin del Potro, and even Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from Paris because of an abdominal injury.

Nishikori is contesting his sixth straight quarter final on the ATP World Tour- a far cry from last season when he was on the sidelines nursing a wrist problem at about the same period. He took his time to really get going in 2018, but he is well on the move now, and is definitely playing at a very high level. Since a semi-final run at the US Open, Nishikori has made finals in Tokyo and Vienna, semi-finals in Metz and quarter finals in Shanghai, and now Paris.

He also had a good clay court season, reaching the Monte Carlo final, and the fourth round at Roland Garros, while a fine Wimbledon campaign ended with a quarter final exit to Novak Djokovic.

Nishikori beat Federer in two of their first three meetings, but he has lost five in a row since then, taking their overall record to 6-2, in Federer's favour. The last time he beat Federer was in Miami in 2014. Nishikori has had moments when he has looked really good and very capable against Federer, but Federer's unrivalled mastery would always have its way- the 2017 Australian Open readily comes to mind. Nishikori started like a house on fire and looked untouchable at 5-1 in the opening set, only to drop the set on a tie break, and eventually lose the match in five sets.

“I have to figure out a little bit how to play Roger again, but I think I've been playing well the past couple weeks," Nishikori said. "Hopefully I can bring that again tomorrow."

Federer's best will be too good for Nishikori regardless of what the Japanese brings to the table, but the great news for Nishikori is that Federer's hasn't quite been at his best for a couple of weeks, despite winning Basel, hence there may be a window of opportunity for the underdog on Friday.

Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 8:30pm local time/ 7:30pm GMT

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Federer vs Nishikori ATP Paris Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Federer seeks sixth straight win over Nishikori, and a spot in the Paris semis

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