Medvedev D. vs Nishikori
Final match from Brisbane between Medvedev and Nishikori.
So, Medvedev was quite bad for his standard in the first set against Tsonga. He wasn't serving well and he played a level below his usual game from the baseline. He was broken in the second game and didn't start playing well until Tsonga was serving for 4-1, thats when Medvedev broke back and served out the rest of his games (four) 40-0. I don't think we'll see that from him again, coach Cervara will most likely have gone through the tape with him and alerted him to the danger of giving away points vs Nishikori who considering his form will be a lot harder to break down than Tsonga. Its utterly vital that Medvedev holds his serve.
Nishikori has only been broken once here in three matches, vs Dimitrov, and he's been serving very well. He reached a first serve percentage of 70% against Chardy, winning 75% of the points on his first serve and 71% on his second. Chardy was having an awful day on serve which helped Nishikori defeat him in two easy sets (6-2 6-2). Its a much dfferent story against Medvedev.
They've played two times, both in 2018, and Nishikori won the first in Monaco in two sets, followed up by a 2-0 win for Medvedev in the Tokyo finals which was a huge blow for Nishikori. That was however an indoor court which is Medvedev's favorite by far and his best performances are on that surface.
Medvedev D. vs Nishikori prediction
|1st set over 10.5||Bet365||2.62||8||4-6 LOST (-8 units)|