Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Japanese superstar, Kei Nishikori has made it into the semifinal of the 2018 ATP Japan Open where he will play Richard Gasquet from France.
Kei Nishikori has been in great form in this tournament as he has won all of his matches in straight sets. In his last match, Kei Nishikori beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a dominant display by the Japanese superstar. Nishikori broke his opponents serve on 4 occasions while only losing only one service game in the entire match. Kei Nishikori has an incredible record at the ATP Japan Open as he has won this tournament twice in the past. With this tournament being played in his home country, Kei Nishikori has been getting incredible support which has given him a massive boost and made him very hard to beat.
In contrast, Richard Gasquet has had a difficult tournament as all of his matches have been close contests with many wins resulting from tiebreakers. Gasquet has been in great form leading up to this tournament but during this event, he has struggled at times. The biggest issue for Richard Gasquet has been his receiving game as he has struggled to break his opponents serve. Gasquet has only broken serve 4 times in the entire tournament. While Gasquet has won due to his superior class, he will need to improve since Kei Nishikori is a top player who is in great form.
Taking all the information into consideration, I see Kei Nishikori winning this tennis match. Both Nishikori and Gasquet are exceptional players and ranked amongst the best in the world. That being said, Nishikori has an excellent record at this event and has the support of his home crowd. With the conditions and the fan support in the favor of the Japanese superstar, I see Kei Nishikori winning.