To the disappointment of The Wolf Mannarino earned his first career win over a top 5 ranked player and has been rewarded with a meeting against Goffin in the final of Tokyo. All eyes though will be on the clash between Kyrgios and Nadal in Beijing. The pair have met 4 times with 2 wins a piece. Nadal is yet to beat the Aussie on a surface other than clay which makes for a very intriguing clash.
ATP Beijing Feature Previews
Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios won the battle of the young guns and if he can repeat his performance on serve this match will be on his racquet! As we have seen in the past he plays his best tennis against top ranked opponents and his H2H records against the world’s are the supporting evidence. He is 2-0 against Djokovic, 1-1 against Federer, 3-1 versus Zverev and 2-2 with Nadal. Both the Spaniard’s wins have come on clay while Kyrgios won at Wimbledon on grass and in straight sets at Cincinnati leading into this years US Open. On that occasion Kyrgios made 70% of first serves winning 85% of those points and was dominant behind his second ball winning almost 70% of those points. Nadal has had trouble dealing with the Kyrgios power game on fast surfaces and this surface plays right into Kyrgios’ game style. The Wolf is with the bookies on this one and says Kyrgios can claim another big scalp!
Best Bet: Kyrgios +2.5 ($1.73)
ATP Beijing All Tips
|Nadal v Kyrgios||Best: Kyrgios +2.5 ($1.73)
Value: Kyrgios WIN ($2.35)
1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($3.10)
ATP Tokyo Feature Previews
David Goffin v Adrian Mannarino
Mannarino looked down and out in the first set but Cilic left the door open by converting just 2 of 10 break point opportunities. Mannarino has made a living of simply making balls back this week and allowing his opponents to bury themselves by making an array of unforced errors. The Wolf cannot see Goffin donating points to the Frenchman and after seeing him hit past Gasquet and Schwartzman he should have little trouble against Mannarino. The Frenchamn is crafty but lacks to power to hit Goffin off the court. Goffin has also won both of their prior encounters and is seeking back to back titles after winning in Shenzhen last week. The Belgian is hitting the ball too well at the moment and with Mannarino coming off a tough match against Cilic this looms as a classic let down spot.
Best Bet: Goffin WIN ($1.40)
ATP Tokyo All Tips
|Goffin v Mannarino||Best: Goffin WIN ($1.40)
Value: Goffin -3.5 ($2.05)
1st Set Score After 2 Games: Goffin 2-0 ($4.80)