Richard Gasquet vs. Kei Nishikori
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 7, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Kei Nishikori will play against Richard Gasquet in the second round of the 2019 ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Kei Nishikori received a bye in the opening round due to his high seeding. This is the first time that Kei Nishikori is playing since Wimbledon meaning that the Japanese superstar should be well-rested. Nishikori had a strong campaign at Wimbledon where he made the quarterfinals. It has been a strong few months for Kei Nishikori as he has made the quarterfinals of his last three tournaments which include the French Open and the Italian Open. Nishikori also made the semifinals of the Barcelona Open.
The Rogers Cup has always been a strong tournament for Kei Nishikori as he made the semifinals in 2015 and the final in 2016. Nishikori has won 60% of his matches at the Rogers Cup. Considering his current form and his record at this tournament, Kei Nishikori will be tough to beat.
On the other side of the coin, Richard Gasquet defeated Benoit Paire in the previous round. It was an impressive performance by Gasquet as he won in straight sets. During the win, Gasquet won 91% of his service games and 2 return games. Gasquet has struggled with injuries in 2019 but the Frenchman seems to be fit and looks to be playing solid tennis. That being said, this is expected to be a very challenging match for Gasquet as he is playing against the number 5 seed.
Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet have played each other 10 times in the past. Gasquet has a stronger head-to-head record as he has won on 7 occasions. That being said, Nishikori has won 3 out of the last 4 head-to-head matches. The most recent match between Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet was in 2018 at the Japanese Open where Nishikori won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Kei Nishikori to win this match. Nishikori has been in outstanding touch and he has a very good record at the Rogers Cup. In comparison, Gasquet has been lacking court time. Nishikori looks the stronger player and I see him being good enough to win this match and secure a spot in the third round.