Chung vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Saturday June 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nishikori -300 / Chung +250 -- Over/Under:
Kei Nishikori and Hyeon Chung meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 84 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori is coming off a match in which he dropped just eight first serve points, and he's produced a combined 86 winners in his first two matches. Nishikori looked more like the top-10 player in the second round, but his inconsistencies overall this season make you wonder if he can keep it up for a deep run. Nishikori hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for a sixth straight try. Nishikori has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
Hyeon Chung is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Istomin that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Chung won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Chung is turning some heads in this tournament after beating a top-30 player in Sam Querrey and dominating a former top-40 player in Istomin. Of course, Chung has been a player to watch since his 2015 breakthrough, and he's just 21 years old. Chung has only been broken four times this tournament and if he can continue to hold serve, he’ll give Kei all he can handle. Chung hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Chung has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
With the hit and miss performances of Nishikori and never knowing which player is going to show up, this is a dangerous match. Chung is a very solid player who may be young but has the tools to be a top-25 player at some point. If Nishikori has one of his sloppy and questionable performances, this is a match he could very well lose.
I’m not sure Chung will win given his lack of experience on this stage, but I’ll take the points with him in what could be a very tight match.