Bad news for the Japanese fans as it’s confirmed that Kei Nishikori will not compete during the Australian summer because of a problem to his elbow. The Japanese sensation has been struggling with this issue since the French Open and last time that he played an official match was at the US Open. Kei was meant to play at the Hawaii Open, but he had to pull out. As expected, he made the following announcement:
“Unfortunately, I have to pull out of the ATP Cup and the Aussie Open. Today, together with my team, we have made this decision as I am still not 100 per cent ready/healthy to compete at the highest level.
This decision was not taken lightly as Australia is one of my favourite places to compete. Together with my team, I will keep working hard to be back on court as soon as possible. Thanks for all the support.”
Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, Matteo Berrettini and the ATP Cup
Unfortunately, this was another blow for the ATP Cup. Besides some other illustrious absences such as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the newly-minted tournament has recently lost Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, and Matteo Berrettini. While the Brit and the Frenchman will also miss the Australian Open, Berrettini is still on course to play in Melbourne.
Kei Nishikori’s ranking and performance in 2019
Currently the world no.13, Kei played his last match on the 30th of August when he was overcome by Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3 in the 3rd round in U.S. Open.
Currently, this year Kei has a 29-14 win-loss record. The Japanese clinched 1 title in Brisbane.
Andy Murray’s ranking and performance in 2019
At the moment ranked no.125, Andy played his last match on the 20th of November when he overcame Tallon Griekspoor 6-77 6-4 7-65 in the Rubber 1 in Davis Cup.
During this season Andy has a 12-8 win-loss record. The Brit clinched 1 title in Antwerp.
Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray played each other 11 times. The head to head is 9-2 for Murray.
The last time that they competed against each other, Andy Murray won 2-6 6-1 7-60 6-1 in the quarter in Paris (French Open) in June 2017.
Lucas Pouille’s ranking and performance in 2019
At the moment ranked no.22, Pouille played his last match on the 9th of October when he was overcome by John Isner 7-5 6-3 in the 2nd round in Shanghai.
Lucas Pouille’s most significant achievement of the present season was reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Metz.
Matteo Berrettini’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked world no.8 (career-high), Matteo played his last match on the 20th of November when he was overcome by Taylor Fritz 5-7 7-65 6-2 in the Rubber 2 in Davis Cup.
Presently, this year the Italian has a 47-23 win-loss record. Matteo has won 2 titles in 2019 in Budapest and in Stuttgart. The Italian was the finalist in Munich.
Lucas Pouille and Matteo Berrettini played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Berrettini.
The last time that they competed against each other, Matteo Berrettini won 6-2 6-4 in the 1st round in Rome (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) on the 12th of May 2019.
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