2018 USO 1R :- Roger Federer [2] v/s Yishito Nishioka

Matct result prediction poll

  • Federer in 3

    Votes: 16 66.7%
  • Federer in 4

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Federer in 5

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nishioka in 3

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Nishioka in 4

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nishioka in5

    Votes: 6 25.0%

  • Total voters
    24
Fed looking way off his form. Apart from serve, nothing is working.
Can he stop the leakage of errors??
Would it be an easy one for him or some tough work?
 

Rafa the King

Hall of Fame
Nishioka could be very annoying to play against. I think he'll trouble Fed for atleast a set and break him atleast once. Still fed in 3
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
The way Fed ahs been playing it is very concievable he will drop a set...maybe two. But he still knows how to tough through so I'd say not straight sets but a 'W' in 4, but maybe 5.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Nishioka can be a pesky fly, but I don't see how he'll have the weaponry or form to take a set off even this slightly rusty Fed. Nishioka probably doesn't serve big enough to lure return-mugerer out from his cave either.

That said, I do remember he gave a decent showing against Rafaello in Acapulco 2017 and beat Birdbrain in Indian Wells.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed reaches the final of Cincy losing to a much improved and fitter Djoker 4-6 4-6 and now people are murmuring that he won't be able to handle an undersized Japanese guy Nishioka (5'7" and 140 pounds) who is playing on a protected ranking and up until the French Open was playing mostly Challenger level events.
Even after the French Open, here are his results: F Verdasco def. Nishioka in R128 at RG (although this was a tough 5 set match), R Ortega Olmeo def. Nishioka in the first round at Antalya in straight sets, M Cilic def. Nishioka at Wimbledon in the R128 in straight sets, Fabio Fognini def. Nishioka in QF in Los Cabos in straight sets, P Carreno-Busta def. Nishioka 6-0 ret. in Canada in the R64 (1st Round), D Medvedev def. Nishioka in qualifying round in Cincy in 3 sets.

I'm not saying Federer is going to demolish this guy, but I'd be surprised if any set went more than 10 games. I'm expecting a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 type win for Fed. The only thing that might be problematic for Fed is if he starts to try different stuff out, since he knows he can beat this guy in his sleep, practically.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed reaches the final of Cincy losing to a much improved and fitter Djoker 4-6 4-6 and now people are murmuring that he won't be able to handle an undersized Japanese guy Nishioka (5'7" and 140 pounds) who is playing on a protected ranking and up until the French Open was playing mostly Challenger level events.
Even after the French Open, here are his results: F Verdasco def. Nishioka in R128 at RG (although this was a tough 5 set match), R Ortega Olmeo def. Nishioka in the first round at Antalya in straight sets, M Cilic def. Nishioka at Wimbledon in the R128 in straight sets, Fabio Fognini def. Nishioka in QF in Los Cabos in straight sets, P Carreno-Busta def. Nishioka 6-0 ret. in Canada in the R64 (1st Round), D Medvedev def. Nishioka in qualifying round in Cincy in 3 sets.

I'm not saying Federer is going to demolish this guy, but I'd be surprised if any set went more than 10 games. I'm expecting a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 type win for Fed. The only thing that might be problematic for Fed is if he starts to try different stuff out, since he knows he can beat this guy in his sleep, practically.
Yeah, this. Fed didn't play well in Cincy overall, but he won't leak a million errors against Nishioka like he did against Djoker. Looking at Fed's last match in Cincy isn't a good barometer at all for this match. Djokovic kept great depth in Cincy, and Nishioka and Djoker are not in any way comparable and are on different planets completely in terms of playing level. Federer not playing well loses 4-6 4-6 to Djoker, but as a general rule he still routines guys like Nishioka.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Nishioka calls Federer "King of Tennis" :D

LMAO interviewer guy asks Fed how he's going to deal with the heat... What heat?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Yeah, this. Fed didn't play well in Cincy overall, but he won't leak a million errors against Nishioka like he did against Djoker. Looking at Fed's last match in Cincy isn't a good barometer at all for this match. Djokovic kept great depth in Cincy, and Nishioka and Djoker are not in any way comparable and are on different planets completely in terms of playing level. Federer not playing well loses 4-6 4-6 to Djoker, but as a general rule he still routines guys like Nishioka.
More importantly, TRS is an awkwardly fast surface to attempt your first match play on HCs since April. His movement and defensive game suffered from that and has everyone alarmed that the lack of that smootherer look are the early warning signs of decay. He'll be fine tonight.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
everyone freaking out about return, breaks first game of USO. Wily old troll

(Nishikoa handed him that break I know, but at least he kept consecutive balls in the court, more than once even!)
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Quite the authoritative start from Fed, heavy forehands early on, Yoshi backhand not holding up, three into the net. Fed breaks.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
good hold to consolidate. nishioka had to come up with an excellent pass to even win that one point.
 

WhiskeyEE

Legend
Fed already looks better than Cinci. Using the blacked out frame and not the one with white sides.

Hitting with lots of power so far. It's a shame him and Novak are in the same quarter.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Pat McEnroe: "We've just been talking about how slow the court is playing.... we're getting that from player and coaches."
 
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