Nishikori vs. Djokovic
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic hopes to rediscover top form at the Mutua Madrid Open. Djokovic reunited with long-term coach Marian Vajda for the clay-court season. Nevertheless, the former world No.1 suffered another early defeat in the second round of the Barcelona Open against Martin Klizan. The Serbian has now a win-loss record of 5 – 5 in 2018 and is currently ranked outside the top-10 for the first time in more than a decade.
Despite slow start to 2018, Kei Nishikori reached his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Known as one of the most talented players in the game, the Japanese holds an impressive 76.19% winning record throughout his career in Madrid. Adding to this, Nishikori should be fully recovered from the physical problems that forced him to retire from the Barcelona Open two weeks ago.
This will be the 14th official meeting between these two players with Djokovic leading on the h2h by 11 – 2.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, the bookmakers expect a close encounter with Novak as the slight favourite at 59/100 at 5Dimes while William Hill offers 3/2 for Kei’s victory. Despite Djokovic’s lead on the h2h, it’s impossible to ignore the Serbian’s poor performances in recent months. On the other hand, Nishikori won at least one set in two of their last three meetings on red dirt. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on the Japanese’s +1.5 Set Handicap at 67/100 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this match.
Best Play: Kei Nishikori +1.5 Set Handicap at 67/100 at Pinnacle