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Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction

Nishikori vs. Murray
Date & Time Saturday August 13, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)
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Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Andy Murray is coming off a three set victory over Steve Johnson that took 29 games to decide. Murray has been a tab bit venerable in his last two matches after playing a combined six sets and a tiebreak during that span. Still, Murray is playing fabulous tennis overall and his defense has been jaw dropping at times. I keep saying Murray is playing the best tennis of his career, and he’s now won 37 of his last 42 sets played. In his current form and with Novak Djokovic's recent hiccups, Murray makes a case for the top player in the world title. Murray will have a chance to win back-to-back gold medals with a victory here. Murray has won 14 of his last 17 matches on hard court.

Kei Nishikori is coming off a three set victory over Gaël Monfils that took 36 games to decide. Nishikori earned a well fought victory with both of the sets he won being decided in a tiebreak. Nishikori is clearly healthy and is doing a terrific job with his service game, putting a ton of pressure on his opponent to keep up. A win here and Nishikori guarantees to join Ichiya Kumagae as the only Japanese singles player to win an olympic medal. Nishikori has won eight matches over top-10 players since 2015. Nishikori has won 13 of his last 15 matches on hard court.

These two have played seven times in the past and Murray has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Great Britain vs. Japan, a match Murray won in five sets. Nishikori’s only win over Murray came in the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals.

I keep telling you guys that Murray is playing the best tennis of his life and he keeps making us money. Not going to fade him now.

Give me Murray yet again.

Andy Murray

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