Kei Nishikori vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Sunday November 15, 2015, 11:05 AM (EST)|
The Line: Novak Djokovic -1350 / Kei Nishikori +950 -- Over/Under: 19.5
Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori meet Sunday morning in the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.
Novak Djokovic enters this match on fire and is fresh off winning the Paris Masters and Shanghai Masters. In fact, Djokovic has won his last 22 singles matches, as his last loss came in the Cincinnati Masters against Roger Federer. Djokovic has won 14 of his last 15 matches in straight sets and is showing very little to no weakness in his game as of late. Also, Djokovic has won the last three ATP World Tour Finals, showing the world why he’s the favorite yet again in this tournament. Djokovic isn’t making many errors, is hitting winners left and right and is overall playing extremely clean tennis. In order to beat Djokovic in this tournament, it’s going to take an incredible performance with the current form he’s in.
Kei Nishikori enters this tournament a little inconsistent, as he’s split his last six matches and is coming off a loss to Richard Gasquet in the Paris Masters in which he retired. Nishikori has been dealing with a hip and shoulder injury this year, but the week-plus of rest should help him entering this match. When healthy, Nishikori has proven himself as a quality player, as he has five wins over top-10 players this season and did win the Washington Open back in August of this year. Nishikori just has to be aggressive, hit his spots and play with the confidence that’s gotten him to this breakout point in his career. This is just Nishikori’s second appearance, as he made the semifinals last year.
These two have played six times in the past, and Djokovic has beaten Nishikori in four of those meetings. The last meeting came in this year’s Rome Masters, a match that went the distance. Djokovic has won the last three meetings, and Nishikori’s last win against Novak came in the 2014 US Open. This will be the sixth time Nishikori and Djokovic play on hard court.
It goes without saying that you can’t bet against Djokovic with the way he’s playing. However, Nishikori is a solid, solid player who has the shotmaking ability to make this interesting. I’ll take the points here.