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Kei Nishikori vs. Simone Bolelli: Wimbledon Round 3 Preview

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Kei Nishikori vs. Simone Bolelli: Wimbledon Round 3 Preview
10th seed Kei Nishikori will lock horns with the Italian Simone Bolelli for a berth in the round of 16 of Wimbledon on Saturday. Will it be a brilliant display of his world class defence on the day?

Asian No.1 Kei Nishikori has been one of the standout performers on the ATP Tour in the first half of the 2014 season because of his many feats. He became the first Japanese man to break into the top-10 of the rankings, won his first clay-court title in Barcelona, accomplished a spectacular victory over the great Roger Federer after making a grand comeback from a set and a break down in Miami and was on the verge of beating Rafael Nadal on clay in Madrid before his back problems came to the rescue of the Spaniard.

Special K began his mission at the All England Club with a highly competitive match against Kenny De Schepper of France in the first round as his opponent fought a valiant battle before succumbing to a 4-6, 6-7, 5-7 loss in an hour and 49 minutes on Thursday. Nishikori thundered down 8 aces, hammered 32 winners and made only 9 unforced errors to complete a comfortable win on that day. In the following round against Denis Kudla of the United States he was very much on top of his game as he breezed through to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win in an hour and 28 minutes.  

Meanwhile, Simone Bolelli has equalled his best ever performance at SW19 as he was in the third round of the competition back in 2008 and 2011 as well. The World No.132 who started-off as a qualifier has exceeded his own expectations as he overcame the stern test of Tatsuma Ito of Japan in his opener before upsetting the former quarter-finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber in a five set arm-wrestle to earn a shot at Nishikori for a spot in round 4.

Head-to-Head: This would be the first instance when these two players will compete against one another on the men’s circuit with Nishikori getting there on court as the crushing favourite. 

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US Open, Men Singles  Final
Kei Nishikori (JPN) 0 3 3 3
Marin Cilic (CRO) Winner 3 6 6 6
Nishikori - Cilic    3 - 6    3 - 6    3 - 6   
Served By: M Cilic Won By: Cilic
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