Bublik vs Nishikori: the Japanese player to advance to the next round?
Bublik played many matches on the grass this season and showed his best game at the tournament in Newport, where he reached the semifinals. The representative of Kazakhstan was eliminated by Kevin Anderson, who was simply unstoppable at the Hall of Fame Open (6-4, 6-7, 5-7).
Bublik's next step was participation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but in the first match, he suffered a defeat from Daniil Medvedev (4-6, 6-7). That was a really close fight, but at the key moments of the match, Medvedev was more collected.
Nishikori was extremely motivated at the Olympics in Tokyo, but after three victories in a row, he was stopped by Novak Djokovic. The Serbian tennis player left no chance to his opponent and eliminated Kei in two sets (2-6, 0-6).
Now the Japanese tennis player decided to try his luck in Washington. Kei has already one match against the experienced Sam Querry here. Nishikori dominated throughout the entire match and progressed to the next round quite easily (6-4, 6-3).
In 3 out of the last 4 matches of Alexander Bublik, more than nine games were played in the first set.
Three tie-breaks were played in the last five matches of Alexander Bublik.
The opponents haven't met on courts before, so it will be interesting to watch their first head-to-head match. Alexander Bublik has a power serve, but Nishikori is faster and acts more confidently in the rallies. In our opinion, Kei Nishikori is in better shape and will progress into the next round.
Our prediction - Kei Nishikori to win.
Prediction: Nishikori to Win
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It is unlikely that Bublik will concede without a fight. The representative of Kazakhstan understands how dangerous his opponent is, but he also can be tough. That is why we suggest betting on the total over.
Second wager - total over 20.5 games.