Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori is yet to an ATP title in 2016 Getty

Kei Nishikori takes on Fernando Verdasco in the men's singles third round clash at the 2016 French Open on Friday (27 May).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 12.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game is not available in the UK, but live updates will be aired on ITV4. Click here for the live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.


World No 6 Nishikori has been one of the more consistent players on the ATP circuit this year and he continued his good form in the second round, thrashing Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The Japanese international is yet to drop a set so far in the competition, and goes into this game as the favourite. Nishikori has not been rewarded in terms of titles for his performances this season.

It's been a while since Verdasco was seeded at a Grand Slam. At one point ranked No 7 in the world, Verdasco is an unpredictable opponent as his seven ATP titles show. The Spaniard is capable of causing an upset but that looks unlikely considering the form Nishikori is in.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Kei Nishikori to win: 2/15
  • Fernando Verdasco to win: 21/5


The duo have faced each other thrice on the ATP Tour with Verdasco leading 2-1.They last met in the round of 32 of the 2015 Indian Wells Masters where Nishikori won 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

French Open history

Nishikori and Verdasco have never faced each other in the French Open.