Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori is currently ranked six in the mens' tennis rankingsGetty

Kei Nishikori takes on Viktor Troicki in the men's singles second round clash of the Rome Masters on 10 May (Tuesday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 1pm BST. Live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD. Click here for the live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

Japan's Nishikori will look to continue his impressive form when he takes on Serbian Troicki on 10 May (Tuesday). The world number six comes into this tournament on the back of an impressive showing at the recently concluded Madrid Masters, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.

The highlight of that tournament, though, was his clash against another rising star — Australian Nick Krygios. The duo put on a show not seen for sometime. No wonder, many believe Nishikori will go on to achieve great things on the court. For now, though, he will know he has to concentrate and conserve his energy for the bigger matches to come.

Troicki, a former top 20 player, has been on a poor form for quiet sometime, not having won back-to-back matches since February. The 30-year-old was ranked 12 at his peak five years ago and since then has failed to live up to his potential. It is unlikely that he will beat Nishikori here.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Kei Nishikori to win: 1/7
  • Viktor Troicki to win: 4

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced each other four times in ATP tennis history with Nishikori coming out on top three times. The last time they met was in the Round of 16 of the Rome Masters with the world number six winning 6-4, 6-3.

Rome Masters history

Nishikroi and Troicki have faced off once in the Rome Masters in the round of 16, with the world number six winning 6-4, 6-3.