Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori - Free Betting Tips

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Novak Djokovic is cruising to what looks like another trophy at the U.S. Open and just two matches separate the Serbian champion from another piece of silverware. His performance throughout this Grand Slam tournament mirrors his achievements at Wimbledon. In the semi-finals, he will play against Kei Nishikori who caused an upset last night against Marin Cilic, after a tiring five-set match.

Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori Free Betting Tips

07. September 2018 | 21:00
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The Serbian has such a dominant record against the Japanese player that bookies see him as the overwhelming favorite. In order to get decent odds of 1/2, we need to bet at Betway on the Novak Djokovic -1.5 Sets market. Novak seems more than capable of covering the spread and he should win by 9 games or more, an outcome priced by 888sport at 2/1. Coral has the Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori best odds of 6/1, for punters who bet on Djokovic to win the first set after a tiebreak.

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Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori Betting Tips: Form Guide

 Djokovic Gets Better At The U.S. Open

In the previous tournament in Cincinnati, the Serbian champion dropped a surprisingly high number of sets and it looked like this would continue at Flushing Meadows, where he lost a set in each of the first two rounds. He greatly improved his performance and in the last three matches, he dismantled opponents with relative ease. He made short work of John Millman, who caused the untimely elimination of Roger Federer, and our Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori betting tips for today trust him to do the same against the Japanese.

Novak played with pragmatism last night and needed a single break in each set to advance to the semi-finals. He obviously needs to play at the same level, but with more intensity to achieve a similar result against Nishikori. Djokovic didn’t serve too many aces at the U.S. Open, but his first serve was quite reliable and he was also able to cut down on the number of double faults committed. His opponents had few breakpoint opportunities and even when they did, they were unable to convert most of them.

Fatigue Takes Its Toll On Nishikori

The Japanese played a couple of easy matches in the first round of the U.S. Open, but in the last game, he had a hard time keeping up with Cilic’s intensity. Luckily for him, the Croat was unable to maintain this tempo throughout the match. A string of errors in the last two sets proved to be fatal for the former U.S. Open champion, but he was really in control of the points.  Kei had the merit of sending many balls back, and in the quarterfinals, he got lucky that Marin committed many unforced errors.

The main problem ahead of this match with Djokovic is that his opponent does everything he does, only better. Novak has a better first serve, is more effective on the return, slightly better on the backline and he should be even more dominant because unlike the Japanese, he isn’t tired. Novak spent much less time on the tennis court in the last match, which was a one-sided affair, as he sent Millman packing in less than three hours. Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori match previews note that throughout the U.S Open, the Japanese actually spent the least time on the court.

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The Last Five Games

Novak Djokovic VS. Kei Nishikori

  • Novak Djokovic Wins5 wins and 0 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Novak Djokovic Average Match Time2h 12 minutes over the last 5 matches
  • Kei Nishikori Wins5 wins and 0 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Kei Nishikori Average Match Time1h 59 minutes over the last 5 matches

Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori Preview: Previous Meetings

Novak Djokovic has a better head to head record against pretty much every player in the ATP tour and against Kei Nishikori, these numbers are absolutely crushing. The Serbian champion won 14 matches in a row and the last time he was defeated by the Japanese was back in 2014, also at the U.S. Open. Back then, he also lost in the semifinals by one set to three, in a less than three hours.

Overall, Djokovic won 16 matches and lost just twice, in the first games played against the Japanese. Over the years, the gap only got wider and Kei was rarely able to even cause too many problems, regardless of tournament. Our Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori betting tips are based on the conviction that the trend will continue. The multiple grand slam winner is in excellent form and well-rested, so he should prevail in straight sets.

Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori Prediction: Djokovic Clear Victory

Kei Nishikori is indeed playing close to his best tennis, however, he is lucky to be in the semifinal. Cilic was the better player in the quarterfinals, but the high number of unforced errors was his undoing. By comparison, Novak Djokovic is cruising at the U.S. Open and reminds us of his dominant run a few years ago. He will come out firing on all cylinders as he usually does when playing against the Japanese and should be able to secure a few early breaks to win the first set.

Our Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori prediction is that the Serbian’s invincible run will continue on Friday. All he needs to do is to maintain the same level of tennis displayed in the matches played so far at the U.S. Open. An excellent first serve, solid games on return and the ability to handle key moments are all solid reasons in favour of backing him. Even when he plays at top level, Nishikori isn’t strong enough to defeat a Djokovic in decent form, so the best case scenario for him is to win one set.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading the match predictions on the U.S. Open semifinals at betting.org.

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