Nishikori vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 7, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nishikori +265 / Murray -325 -- Over/Under:
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open.
Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 70 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Murray is coming off a match in which he lost just seven second serve points and had just 14 unforced errors. It was easily Murray’s cleanest match of the tournament so far, and he's now won his last nine sets. We know about Murray’s return skills, but if he's going to serve at this level, he's in position to win his first ever French Open title. Murray hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the seventh time in his last 10 tries. Murray has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a four set win over Fernando Verdasco that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 63 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori is coming off a weird match in which he lost the first set 0-6 but ended up winning the fourth set 6-0. Nishikori continues this up-and-down play that's followed him all season, but he knows hell have to play far better tennis if he hopes to advance to the semifinal. Nishikori has combined for 115 unforced errors in his last two matches, a number that won't cut it here. Nishikori hopes to make his third career grand slam semifinal. Nishikori is 2-4 in his career in grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Nishikori has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.
These two have played 11 times in the past and Murray has won nine of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, a match Murray won in straight sets. Nishikori has beaten Murray just once in the last seven meetings, and that came in the 2016 US Open. This will be their second meeting on clay.
Nishikori has been so hit or miss this season, it's tough to take him seriously in a match against Murray. Clay also isn't Nishikori’s best surface, as he's not able to move and hit his winners like he's able to do on hard court. Murray is in far better form, has a considerable advantage in head to head and will capitalize on Nishikori's mistakes unlike his past opponents.
I like Murray in four sets.