Nishikori vs Djokovic
2018 US Open, Second semifinals
In the first SF I expect big fight between Nadal and Del Potro, tied match where I gave slight advantage to Argentinean player. But here in this second SF IMO there is no any doubt who is going to win. What more I think Djokovic will destroy Nishikori.
The Japanese player rarely had success in this H2H. We can say he has experienced similar destiny like Thomas Berdrych. Namely, when some such player beat Djokovic on some very important match (like Berdych did in SF of Wimbledon long back to past), then you can expect Djokovic would be extremely motivated and focused every next time he meets that opponent. Thus, Berdych has lost some almost 20 straight times from Djokovic after mentioned win on Wimbledon.
The same is now with Nishikori. He defeated Novak in SF of US Open in 2014 and in that moment he was 2-1 in this H2H. But after that never again was able to do the same and now it's 2-14 in this H2H. So, 13 straight Novak's victories.
The last one was on this season Wimbledon. There Kei Nishikori took somehow one set but it was still more than convincing cover when games handicap is in question.
Today I have no doubt Novak will be convincing once again. For me he is in amazing form, way better than few months ago when won Wimbledon. Fact he lost couple sets here is not important for me. That was against weak opponents and early on the tournament. Against tougher opposition he was better. And now against Nishikori whom Novak doesn't like at all, the Serb will be the best.
We can talk about win for Nishikori over Marin Cilic. That was very nice result and solid match for Japanese player. But honestly, Cilic wasn't good at all, except opening set, the Croat wasn't on his best level.
I am pretty confident Novak Djokovic will win in straight sets today and odds are excellent for that option. Still, for just in case if Wimbledon scenario repeats, I decided to go with games handicap
Nishikori vs Djokovic prediction
|Djokovic -6 games||Pinnacle||1.76||10||9-18 WON (+7.6 units)|