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Wawrinka vs. Nishikori Preview Analysis

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Wawrinka© Getty ImagesStan Wawrinka is trying to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

Stan Wawrinka takes on Kei Nishikori in the first of the US Open quarter-finals on Arthur Ashe Stadium Wednesday. Wawrinka has won both his previous meetings with Nishikori, but they came two years ago. Australian Open champion Wawrinka is bidding to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row, while Nishikori is contesting the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.

IBM data suggests that Wawrinka has more power than Nishikori; his challenge will be to harness it without making too many unforced errors. Nishikori will look to test Wawrinka's patience and consistency, while Wawrinka will look to hit Nishikori off the court.

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WAWRINKA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Very strong serving - 43 aces – 39 per cent of his serves have not been returned – 82 per cent first serve points won – 57 per cent won on second serve - faced only 15 break points, but broken eight times
  • Less successful return game - winning less than half of second serve return points - only 12 breaks in 57 return games
  • Big forehand - 57 forehand winners. 23 backhand winners, but 55 backhand unforced errors
NISHIKORI HIGHLIGHTS
  • Very effective serving - good first serve (74 per cent won) - very strong second serve (65 per cent won) - broken only six times, but has faced 28 break points
  • Strong return of second serves (56 per cent won) - 20 breaks in 63 return games
  • 61 forehand winners - 42 backhand winners - winning 59 per cent of his baseline points

Statistcs courtesy: IBM

Wawrinka   Nishikori
43 Aces 22
15 Double Faults 16
39% Unreturned Serve 31%
57% 1st Serve % 54%
82% 1st Serve Points 74%
57% 2nd Serve Points 65%
8 Broken 6
15 Break Points Faced 28
57 Games Served 63
88% Service Games Held 90%
136mph Fastest Serve 124mph
69% Returns In Play 60%
30% 1st Return Points Won 28%
48% 2nd Return Points Won 56%
12 Breaks Of Serve 20
32 Break Points 50
38% Pct. Converted 40%
57 Return Games Played 63
21% Return Games Won % 32%
57 Forehand Winners 61
62 Forehand Unforced Errors 37
23 Backhand Winners 42
55 Backhand Unforced Errors 50
167 Winners 142
139 Unforced Errors 105
61 of 83 Net Points Won 42 of 56
73% Net Points Won Pct. 75%
48% Baseline Points Won 59%
52 Games Lost 50
2 Sets Lost 2
7:52 Time On Court 9:19


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