Kei Nishikori takes on Dominic Thiem in the men's singles quarter-final clash of the Rome Masters on Friday (13 May).
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Rising star Kei Nishikori will look to continue his good start to the season when he takes on Austria's Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final on Friday. The world number six has been in an impressive form, winning 14 of his last 17 games.
Poised to advance to his third straight semi-final at the Masters 1000 level this season, the Japanese has so far failed to convince against the big names, winning only three games against the top 10 this season.
World number 15 Dominic Thiem comes into this game after securing the biggest scalp of his career, beating Swiss Roger Federer 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 16. Federer was hindered by a back problem but it still took a lot of effort from the Austrian to beat him.
This is Thiem's maiden semi-final appearance at the Rome Masters and what is interesting is that he has now won 32 matches in 2016, second to world number one Novak Djokovic.
Betting odds (betfair)
- Kei Nishikori to win: 1/2
- Dominic Thiem to win: 7/5
The duo have faced each other only once in ATP tennis history in the round of 32 at the German Open in 2015. Nishikori won 7-6, 7-5.
Rome Masters History
Nishikori and Thiem have never played each other at the Rome Masters.