Fernando Verdasco vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
|Date & Time||Saturday September 29, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Yoshihito Nishioka and Fernando Verdasco meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Shenzhen Open.
Yoshihito Nishioka is coming off a straight sets win over Cameron Norrie that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Nishioka won 71 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Nishioka got 77 percent of his first serves in play and saved both of his break points. Nishioka has gotten no less than 67 percent of his first serves in play in all three matches this tournament and has won back-to-back matches as an underdog. Nishioka gives himself a shot to win possibly the biggest match of his career at 22 years old if he continues to be so consistent with his first serve. The problem is Nishioka has had such a hard time winning that big match that helps take his career to the next level. While his injury didn’t help, Nishioka eventually needs to prove he can win on the big stage. Nishioka has a chance to make his first ever ATP finals appearance. Nishioka has won five straight matches on hard court.
Fernando Verdasco is coming off a straight sets win over Andy Murray that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Verdasco won 84 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Verdasco won 72 percent of his total service points and saved five of his six break points. Verdasco has won six of his seven sets this tournament and has combined for 29 aces. With Verdasco hitting his spots with his serve and being aggressive with his return, he’s positioned himself as the favorite to win the title of this event. Verdasco is playing some impressive tennis and has now won five of his last six matches overall. Verdasco hopes to make his second final appearance of the year and his 24th final appearance of his career. Verdasco has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in this years French Open, a match Verdasco won i five sets. The match took 57 games to be decided.
Give Nishioka credit for making it this far and giving himself a shot at his first title, but this is now Verdasco’s tournament to lose, and he’s playing some of his most consistent tennis of the season right now. Verdasco has improved his return to go along with his consistent serve, and it’s resulted in him winning 12 of his last 17 sets. Until Nishioka beats a quality opponent in a big match, it’s hard to back him doing so.
Verdasco makes his second final of the year.