Raonic v Nishikori in today’s Japan Open

Quickly giving you a snapshot look at the ATP 500 Series  Rakuten Japan Open Championship.  It will be Japan’s own Kei Nishikori (world #7) vs European star Milos Raonic (world #8).  Both had turned pro a year apart and have 6 titles each.
This will be their 5th matchup. Kei has won 3 of them, the last 2 were at Wimbledon and the US Open. Their first duel was in this very tournament, in the final, in 2012.
In 14 sets, Kei has won 8 of the 14 sets.  6 sets went to tiebreak, with Kei winning 4 of them.
Let’s see which stats are necessary for Raonic to master to defeat Kei.
Aces to double faults: +26
1st serve %: 63
1st serve points won: 83%
2nd serve points won:57%
Break points saved: 84%
2nd service return points won: 39%
Service points won overall: 73%
Return points won: 31%
Here are the cycles:

Kei:

Raonic:

Unless Raonic manages to do well in the above stats this should be an exciting 3 set affair, Kei with the advantage, not to mention home court.

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