Tennis bet of the day | Back Kei Nishikori to beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets

Andrew Hendrie in Tips 15 Nov 2018
  • Tennis bet of the day for November 15 at the ATP Finals
  • Back Nishikori to defeat Thiem in straight sets
Kei Nishikori (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Back Kei Nishikori to bounce back from the equal-worst defeat of his career against Kevin Anderson and beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets at the Nitto ATP Finals in London on Thursday.

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Knowing a straight sets victory over the winless and out-of-form Dominic Thiem will give him a strong chance of progressing to the Nitto ATP Finals semi-finals (depending on the outcome and scoreline of the Anderson vs Roger Federer match in Group Lleyton Hewitt), expect Kei Nishikori to regroup from his 0-6 1-6 thrashing at the hands of Anderson and conquer the Austrian in fairly routine fashion.

Nishikori has been very up-and-down during his first two matches at the O2, beating Federer before suffering that terrible loss to Anderson - but the Japanese star can take solace in a couple of things that will give him confidence for Thursday’s showdown with Thiem.

The first is that Thiem is woefully out of form - and traditionally always is at this stage of the season. The Austrian predominantly qualified for the ATP Finals on the back of his incredible clay-court performances, but once again Thiem has struggled to produce the same sort of tennis on hardcourt or grass. The sixth seed barely wins matches towards the end of the season and appears to be limping to the finish line once again, failing to make an impact against either Anderson or Federer in straight sets defeats.

The second is Nishikori’s head-to-head against Thiem, which he leads 3-1 - including a win on indoor hardcourts a few weeks ago in the Austrian’s home city of Vienna. Nishikori won that match 6-3 6-1 before going on to lose the final to Anderson.

Nishikori has so much to play for and is simply a better player than Thiem on hardcourts and indoors at this stage of their careers. Thiem has done nothing to suggest he’s ready to win a match-up like this against a player like Nishikori, who will get a lot of balls back and force him to execute to precision. Thiem is way too erratic to do that at the moment, so expect Nishikori to bounce back with a straight sets triumph and put himself in an advantageous position to make the semi-finals.


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Tennis bet of the day | Back Kei Nishikori to beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets

Back Kei Nishikori to bounce back from the equal-worst defeat of his career against Kevin Anderson and beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets at the Nitto ATP Finals in London on Thursday.

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