Djokovic vs Nishikori Live

We have reached the men’s quarterfinal stage at the Tokyo Olympics. Only eight athletes remain in contention to win the medals. We have some blockbuster quarterfinal matches ahead of us, including a battle between Novak Djokovic and home star Kei Nishikori. As always, our writers offer their thoughts on all four matches. Who do you think will win? Predicting these matches are Jim Smith, Anurag Sahay, and Yesh Ginsburg.

Tokyo Olympics Men’s Quarterfinal Predictions
Alexander Zverev vs Jeremy Chardy

Jim:
It has been a great run from Jeremy Chardy, but it will surely end here. The Frenchman’s forehand remains a weapon to be feared, but his backhand will almost certainly be exposed in the cross-court exchanges. Zverev did lose focus briefly in the third round against Nikoloz Basilashvili, but he still closed the Georgian out in straight sets. Expect him to do the same to Chardy.
Prediction: Zverev in 2

Anurag:
Zverev is easily the better player with a more comprehensive game. That said, he is yet to be challenged in Tokyo, thanks to a relatively kind draw. Arguably, the German’s test begins with the quarterfinal against an inspired Chardy, who beat Russian sensation Aslan Karatsev and the lone British hope, Liam Broady. However, Zverev is ranked significantly higher, leads their head-to-head, and is also very consistent. Factoring that in, there is little doubt he is coming out the winner.
Prediction: Zverev in 2\

Yesh:
Zverev has faced no trouble in this tournament so far, thanks to a very easy draw. Chardy has battled adversity to get this far. The Frenchman will care more about the Olympics and this match, while Zverev has not had to get through any pressure in a big moment. Last time he had such an opportunity, he wilted in the 2020 US Open final. I don’t know whether it will happen in this round or the next, but Zverev will wilt again.
Prediction: Chardy in 3

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