Nishikori vs Dellien ATP Madrid Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Nishikori faces qualifier Dellien in Madrid opener

Kei Nishikori vs Hugo Dellien

Nishikori vs Dellien ATP Madrid Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Nishikori faces qualifier Dellien in Madrid opener Kei Nishikori vs Hugo Dellien

Kei Nishikori vs Hugo Dellien is live from Madrid on Wednesday, 8 May from 12:00pm local time/ 11:00am BST.

First meeting between Nishikori and Dellien    

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Nishikori has played well in Madrid in recent seasons, reaching at least the quarter finals between 2013 and 2017- a run that included a runner-up finish in 2014, and semi-finals in 2015 and 2016. However, he got a very rough draw last year, and fell to Novak Djokovic in his opening match.

He and Djokovic had been floating around the draw dangerously after struggling for form and fitness in the opening part of the season.

Nishikori missed the concluding part of 2017 due to a wrist injury, and did not begin the 2018 season until the end of January, playing his way back into the sport via the Challenger Tour.

This time last year, the Japanese was ranked 20th in the world, and was just starting to regain some form following his injury lay-off, but he ended the year very strongly, making finals in Tokyo and Vienna, and semi-finals at the US Open en route to get back into the top ten.

The 29-year-old brought that momentum into the new season, opening with a title run in Brisbane, making the quarter finals at the Australian Open and the semi-finals in Rotterdam, but the results fell away alarmingly after that, as he went 2-4 between Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo.

He arrived the Barcelona Open on a three-match losing streak, but he finally regained some form in Catalonia, beating Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Carballes Baena before losing a close one to Daniil Medvedev in the last four.

The world No. 7 has got a relatively kind start in Madrid, as he takes on the unheralded qualifier, Dellien, but the route beyond that is extremely treacherous, as he could face Stan Wawrinka or Guido Pella in the third round, and then Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals.

His second round opponent, Dellien has already registered three good wins in Madrid this week, beating Leonardo Mayer and Guido Andreozzi in the qualifying rounds, before scoring a big victory over former world No. 6, Gilles Simon in the first round of the main draw.

Dellien had already shown his abilities on clay earlier in the year, when he reached quarter finals in Rio and Sao Paolo, and he has added another marquee result to his resume in Madrid, beating Simon 4-6 6-1 7-6 for his first Masters 1000 win in his Masters 1000 main draw debut.

His 2019 progress is even more impressive considering that he had never played a main draw match prior to this year.

The 25-year-old had exclusively spent his senior career on the ITF and Challenger tours, painstakingly building his ranking. He was inside the top 250 by the end of 2017, and finished 2018 at 122nd, having reached exactly No. 100 earlier in the season. Dellien has improved his career-high ranking this year, peaking at 74th in mid-March, after those quarter finals in Rio and Sao Paolo, and a Challenger title in Santiago, but he slipped out of the top 100 just before the Madrid Open, falling to 109th in the world. With his run to the second round in Madrid, he is surely getting back into the top 100 next week.

The Bolivian is yet to play an ATP main draw match outside clay this season, with his other tour-level appearances being Cordoba, Houston, Barcelona and Estoril, all of which ended in first round defeats.

He has already scaled that first round hurdle this week, but he runs into Nishikori, one of the best players in the world, on Wednesday, which should spell the end of his campaign. Nishikori snapped out of his recent poor form with that semi-final in Barcelona, and in the favourable conditions in Madrid, where he has consistently had good results over the years, the world No. 7 should not have much trouble in navigating his 2019 opener.

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