KEI NISHIKORI

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

12/29/1989

Birthplace:

Shimane, Japan

Residence:

Bradenton, USA

Height:

5'10'' / 178 cm

Weight:

161 lbs / 73 kg

Turned Pro:

2007

Last Update:

July 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

6968

Shots' Ranking 2020

Forehand

12

Backhand

2

Volley

65

Kei Nishikori's Strengths

Serve

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Second Serve Won Points (55%)
    * 40% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Many Categories in the Average
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (26%)
    * Many Categories in the Average

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Points & 30% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (56%)

Weaknesses:

    * Receives 15% more Aces/Service Winners than Average

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 20% more Points & 10% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Wins 62% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Wins 60% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Forehand Drop Shot (67% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 50% more Points & 20% fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Wins 56% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Wins 52% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Wins 62% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Volley as his Rivals on Average
    * 1-2 Punch Approach when played (74% of the points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (72%)

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Chip & Charge (not really played)

Kei Nishikori's Game Style

Server

Low

If we have to point a weakness in Kei Nishikori's game, it would be the Serve. When compared with his rivals he makes on average 40% less aces/service winners than them and his ratio of unreturned first serve is below average (26%).

Puncher

High

Although Kei Nishikori is more a Tempo player than a Puncher, his topspin forehand is excellent and it allows him to accelerate slower balls with ease. Capable of playing with Tempo or Punch, he is a complete aggressive player from the back of the court.

Tempo Player

Very high

Kei Nishikori is a dominant Tempo player. Taking all the ball on the rise he generates pace on every shots. As a very agressive baselined he can be dangerous with the forehand, the backhand and also the return.

Offensive Player

Medium

Kei Nishikori comes in more and more and in total 16% of his points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play). We can't regard him as an Offensive player but he knows when to move forward to get an edge.

Retriever

Medium

Kei Nishikori is also very effective when the rallies extend over 8 shots. We can't say that he is a Retriever because his Tempo & Punch quality dominate his game style but he can also win points by the errors of his rivals. In total, 44% of his points are won this way which stands in the average of the ATP players.

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