As we reach the business end of Roland Garros, big seeds start colliding. It’s Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori in what should prove to be one contentious affair. Both, the World No.1 and the World No.9 have high ambitions and would want to inch closer to glory at the expense of the other.
The No.1 seed and last year’s Runner Up Murray has thrown down the gauntlet, with highly impressive performances in the previous rounds, against comparatively weaker oppositions though. The only concern, for an otherwise flamboyant Murray, is that barring his minor first round hiccup, he hasn’t been put to the test. Murray drubbed the Russian Karen Khachanov in the R16 6-3,6-4,6-4.
The No.8 seed Nishikori also joined the league of the under performing players, with a frustrating season, due to a string of Quarter Final exits. His run in the French Open has also not been smooth and he struggled his way to the Quarter Finals. Nishikori defeated the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the R16 0-6,6-4,6-4,6-0.
The head to head is heavily tipped in favour of Murray as he leads 8-2. Their previous meeting was in the ATP World Tour Finals 2016 where Murray beat Nishikori 6-7,6-4,6-4.
Although not both of them have been playing spectacularly, yet the expectation is a gleaming spectacle of tennis.
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