Thomaz Bellucci hoping to pull off first-round surprise at Rio Open and defeat Kei Nishikori

Tennis: Bellucci admits he's not happy with the draw but still hopes to somehow make it past Nishikori.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Thomaz Bellucci hoping to pull off first-round surprise at Rio Open and defeat Kei Nishikori

Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci admits he's not happy to be drawn to play against Kei Nishikori in the Rio Open first-round. Bellucci, a Rio quarter-finalist back in 2014, lost to Nishikori in their only match played at Roland Garros two years ago in 2015.

However, the 29-year-old hopes to somehow pull off a surprise on home soil. ''It's not the best draw in recent years, I had a bit of bad luck,'' Bellucci said. ''But it's a tournament where you have big names. 'It's an opportunity, he (Nishikori) is a guy who is a great player.

I'm playing at home and on a surface that I like, maybe I can surprise (him).'' Even though the match is set to be played on the slowest tennis surface - Bellucci insists it will still be tough - even though it's not the most preferable surface by Nishikori.

''It's a tough match even on clay,'' Bellucci added. ''Nishikori is a very athletic guy, not very tall, but he uses that as an advantage.'' World number five Nishikori has never played in the past at the Rio event, and it remains to be seen how will he perform in his debut appearance.

Source: Rio Open (@RioOpenOficial) Twitter Also read: David Ferrer hopes to achieve a great milestone in Rio de Janeiro next week

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