Zverev vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Friday May 26, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nishikori -459 / Zverev +379 -- Over/Under: 21.5
Kei Nishikori and Mischa Zverev meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Geneva Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a three set win over Kevin Anderson that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 80 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori showed great fight in his quarterfinals victory after rebounding from dropping the first set and winning a third set tiebreak. Nishikori is just trying to find rhythm heading into the French Open, and he's starting to find it with wins in seven of his last 10 matches overall. Nishikori just has to be more consistent with his second serve in order to be consistent and put his opponents away earlier than needed. Nishikori has won five of his last nine matches on clay court.
Mischa Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Steve Johnson that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 81 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Zverev just dominated a top-25 player with a service game that was unreal and won 43 percent of his return points. If Zverev is able to bottle that performance, he’ll have a chance to not only win this match, but win the biggest tournament of his career. Zverev is enjoying by far his most success since a quarterfinal spot in the Australian Open and has a chance to make his second career final. Zverev has won six of his last nine matches on clay court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Zverev looked like the sharper player in the quarterfinals, but he's also played far more tennis to get to this point and has had his struggles against lesser players. Zverev also hasn't had much success against top-10 payers throughout his career with only two victories coming since 2016. Nishikori should be the fresher player and if he's hitting his winners, Zverev will have a hard time keeping up.
I like Nishikori to advance to the Geneva Final.