Stakhovsky vs. Nishikori
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 5, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Stakhovsky +385 / Nishikori -485 -- Over/Under:
Kei Nishikori and Sergiy Stakhovsky meet in the second round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Marco Cecchinato that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 82 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori simply dominated his opening match, as he dropped just 13 service games and won 58 percent of his return points. Nishikori has had an up-and-down 2017 season overall, but it was nice to see him in terrific form spraying winners across the court in effortless fashion. Now the question is can he keep it up? Nishikori hasn’t lost before the third round of a grand slam since the 2015 US Open. Nishikori has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
Sergiy Stakhovsky is coming off a four sets win over Julien Benneteau that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Stakhovsky won 79 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Stakhovsky has now won four Wimbledon matches to get to this point and has made his fourth straight grand slam second round. If Stakhovsky can continue to get free points with his serve and put pressure on his opponent, he may have a shot at an upset. Stakhovsky hasn’t made the third round of a grand slam since the 2015 US Open. Stakhovsky has three career wins over top-10 players, but none have come since 2015. Stakhovsky has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played twice in the past and Stakhovsky won both meetings. The two matches took place in the 2011 Paris Masters and French Open.
The head to head doesn’t mean much when you consider the matches were six years ago and Nishikori is head and shoulders better than he was back then. Assuming Nishikori doesn’t fall apart like he has quite a bit this season, he should win this match rather easily. Stakhovsky will struggle with the return, and its fair to question just how much he has left in the tank after many matches already under his belt and long matches his last two showings. You need to conditioned well to hang with Nishikori in a five set match.
Nishikori advances to the third round.