Nick Kyrgios vs. Richard Gasquet 2018 Japan Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
Richard Gasquet vs. Nick Kyrgios
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Nick Kyrgios and Richard Gasquet meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Japan Open.
Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 84 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios won 73 percent of his total service points and produced 20 aces in his straight sets win. Kyrgios entered this tournament losing six of his last 11 matches, but when he’s hitting the ball like that an getting so many free points, he’s a threat to anybody. The problem with Kyrgios continues to be the consistency, as you’re never sure which Kyrgios is going to show up or what his motivation level is at. When Kyrgios is hitting his spots and wants to win, few can compete with his serve and shotmaking ability. Kyrgios has lost three of his last four matches on indoor hard court.
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Richard Gasquet is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Kudla that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 68 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet won 68 percent of his total service points and saved two of his three break points. Gasquet continues to be hit or miss, and he’s now split his last 12 matches, but he’s showing improved return ability and has done a better job of winning the key points. At times it has looked like Gasquet isn’t 100 percent healthy or has lost a step, but matches like his most recent show that the competitive spirit is still there and he can still dig deep to win matches. Gasquet has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played seven times and Gasquet has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 French Open, a match Gasquet won in three sets. Five of the seven matches have been decided in straight sets.
Gasquet has the rest advantage and a clear head to head advantage. However, Kyrgios is the better player at this stage of their careers, and he’s not losing if he comes anywhere close to what he just did with his serve. Gasquet isn’t the same player he was a couple of years ago and lost some of his defensive skills.
Kyrgios will hit Gasquet off the court. Well, that is if Kyrgios is motivated to do so…