Despite not playing in San Diego last week, Nishikori has put together a very consistent schedule throughout the season with consistent results. The Japanese player will look to put his defensive skills to the test and use aggressive shots to put the Brit into uncomfortable positions in the court.
Evans will need to improve his first serve and take any opportunities he can create with concentration levels having to be at its optimum. The slower, hotter conditions will make things a bit tougher for the Brit so he will need to show more patience in rallies and will have to physically outlast Nishikori. This match will favour the Japanese star and stylistically he is the favourite to advance to the third round in California.
Prediction: Nishikori in three sets.
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