The second last match in the group B will be disputed today between the Japanese Kei Nishikori and the Canadian Milos Raonic. Nishikori rank second in the group, with a victory and a defeat and has pretty big chances to qualify in the next round if he will win today against Raonic. On the other hand the Canadian hold the last position in the group, without wining any sets and without a chance to qualify, so his motivation will probably miss at this match. The match is a must see anyway, especially considering the results of the direct matches between these two players, being spectacular every time.
Kei Nishikori, the first Asian to play in ATP World Tour, managed in the first stage to win against the public’s choice, the British Andy Murray, in two sets, but in the second match, against the Swiss Roger Federer he didn’t stand a chance, being categorically defeated. Still, he confirmed his great shape, when he managed to play at Paribas Masters, which was hold on almost the same court type like the one in London. A victory today will qualify him in the semifinals and he will most probably do anything to win.
Milos Raonic disappointed everyone with his bad matches in this tournament, but this can be easily caused by the fact that he didn’t play that many matches at this level, being for the first time at this tournament. The court, a pretty slow one, despite the fact that is on hard indoor, disadvantage him completely, also his serve, which didn’t work like used to. In the matches against Federer and Murray he didn’t manage to do something much, causing only some small problems in the second set, but without any results.
This year, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic met 4 times, two times on hard outdoor court, once on clay court and once on grass, the Japanese wining three times. In the 5th direct meeting, back in 2012, Nishikori won at Tokyo.
Kei Nishikori – Milos Raonic, betting odds:
Victory (12): 1.59 2.35
Total games (over/under 23.5): 1.98 1.81
Our tip suggestions
We bet on the fact that the Japanese will win, considering that he will be more determined than his opponent, because he has something worth fighting for, to qualify in the semifinals, while Raonic doesn’t have nothing to win or lose any more, his motivation being pretty low after the weak results obtained until now. The court is in Japanese’s advantage as well considering that is pretty slow, and he is more technical than his opponent. On the other hand, Raonic, as he used us, puts a lot of strength in his kicks, but he loses his accuracy once the ball exchange becomes longer and Nishikori usually prefers the long exchanges. Nishikori won against the Canadian on slow court as well as on clay and quick court like hard outdoor and we expect that he will win today as well.