The Japanese player is a big talent, but still only teetering on the edge of the ATP top 20. He has a good hard court pedigree and fought well against Nadal in Melbourne at the beginning of the year. He took out Dimitrov in the last round here in Miami and I see a potentially very close match with David Ferrer today. The Spaniard has a 3-2 H2H over Nishikori and has won the last 5 sets of tennis played, including in last years Miami Masters. I feel though Kei is s better player in 2014 and is ready to push upwards for a top 10 ranking but needs the extra consistency he has been lacking. He will need to serve well and keep his concentration as Ferrer will get balls back from all over the court. Low stakes only as Nishikori is quite an outsider.