Cilic was in devastating form yesterday and the Tokyo title looks his to lose. Meanwhile in Beijing we have two cracking semi finals. Nadal takes on Dimitrov in a repeat of the Austrlian Open semi final while Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev lock horns for the 4th time this season!
ATP Beijing Feature Previews
Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov
The last time they met Nadal prevailed in a 5 hour epic and despite leading their H2H 8-1, Dimitrov has consistently tested the Spaniard. Just 2 of Nadal’s 8 wins have come in straight sets and in they have in facts split the last 10 sets contested – 5 sets a piece. Nadal has never posted a straight sets win over Dimitrov on this surface and the faster the court the better chance that the Bulgarian has. They are both in red hot form. Rafa is on a 10 match win streak while Dimitrov has won 9 of his last 10. In that stretch Dimitrov has actually beaten more quality opponents, a list that includes Del Potro, Kyrgios, Isner and Bautista-Agut. Dimitrov will again force a deciding set.
Best Bet: Over 21.5 games ($1.85)
Nick Kyrgios v Alexander Zverev
This shapes as the rivalry of the future – as long as Kyrgios stays in tennis that is. They have met 3 times this season already with Kyrgios claiming the fiirst two before Zverev exacted revenge in Montreal. All three encounters were at Masters Series level and on a similar surface to this one. They possess very similar games. A booming serve followed by heavy ground strokes and the aility to hit clean winners from every angle. Zverev has a significant edge from the backhand wing while currently Kyrgios is the more athletic of the two. There is no doubt who gets the tick in the temperament department and that is why The Wolf cannot look past Zverev. We have seen him squeeze out some very tough wins with his back to the wall and he has more big match experience thanks to a brilliant season. We are likely to see multiple breakers but if Zverev gets the upper hand look for him to go on with it.
Best Bet: Zverev WIN ($1.91)
ATP Beijing All Tips
|Nadal v Dimitrov||Best: Over 21.5 games ($1.85)
Value: Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.60)
|Kyrgios v Zverev||Best: Zverev WIN ($1.91)
Value: Sets Zvverev 2-1 ($4.20)
ATP Tokyo Feature Previews
David Goffin v Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman continues to crush his opponents from the back of the court but the bookies refuse to respect him. HE has generated 4 breaks of serve in each of his three wins this week and with Goffin rocky to say the least the upset is on the cards. They have split the last two meetings with Schwartzman all but throwing the last encounter away converting just 3 of 14 break opportunities. If he creates anywhere near that amount we could see him win in straight sets!
Best Bet: Schwartzman +2.5 ($1.85)
Marin Cilic v Adrian Mannarino
In case you missed it as it didn’t last long – Cilic wiped the floor with Harrison and today it is Mannarino’s turn. Cilic is winning in excess of 90% of points behind his first serve this week and lost just a single point on serve en route to the first set yesterday. If Sugita could serve with any sort of consistency Mannarino would have packed his bags. The man from Japan was up a break in each set yesterday before falling apart. If Sugita can win 42% of points on return just imagine was an in-form Cilic will do. The Croatian has won both prior meetings and there will be no stopping him. Mannarino will not even get a sniff in this one.
Best Bet: Sets Cilic 2-0 ($1.67)
ATP Tokyo All Tips
|Goffin v Schwartzman||Best: Schwartzman +2.5 ($1.85)
Value: Schwartzman WIN ($2.35)
|Cilic v Mannarino||Best : Sets Cilic 2-0 ($1.67)
Value: Sets Cilic -4.5 ($2.00)