:devil:, The Dirtballer to actually step up his game 6-4 6-4 Nadal.
Look on the other end. For every screwed shot Nishikori does, Nadal could make 2-3 more. And every break Nadal gets, Nishikori could secure more unless Nadal serves really well - his games went to deuce a lot against Youzhny. It ain't AO2014. There, Nishikori didn't have belief that he could beat Nadal. Still did nicely in the straight set loss 7-6 7-5 7-6. Madrid was huge for Nishikori's belief, just physically he was unwell. Imagine if Kei was fully fit that match. So now, Kei's been to a USO F and not only that has not dropped his ranking since then, and hopefully this cements his belief in his game. It will be interesting to see whether Nadal tries to play more aggressive this time. Unlikely though if he's being forced back by Nishikori on the baseline. But you're right, he'll have some nerves, but not more so than for any other player.Match is on Kei's racket, but just watch how Nadal somehow wins due to pure luck and choking from Kei's end. There will be points were Nishikori has complete control of the rally and screws up easy shots.