Djokovic vs Nishikori (By: FairPlayBet)
I have no doubt in the outcome of this match. Novak Đoković will win, what more, if you ask me, he'll destroy Japanese opponent.
Nishikory shouldn't be here at first place. Namely, he defeated Busta the last round but was 2 sets down and after match went into the 5th deciding set, what a terrible call by the ref at result Busta 8:5 in the Super Tie-break. It was clear as a day that the mentioned point should be replayed but the referee's decision was point for Nishikori. No one say Busta would win for sure if the point was replayed, but such bad call in such crucial moment of the match pissed Busta so much that he completely lost the focus after it and from 8:5, he has lost super TB with 8:10.
So, it will be Nishikori to face Đoković after all. And this is terrible matchup for Japanese player. The Serb simply owns him and was trashing him lately when ever they met each other. After Nishikori was 2-1 in their first three mutual meetings, Novak has won the 14 straight matches that follows, mainly without losing set. So the current H2H is 15-2 in favor of the world No.1 player.
Novak simply doesn't like at all Nishikori and that's to say at least. It's more correct to say Đoković literally hates this guy due to some of their previous history. Namely, it happened several times that Nishikori wasn't acting exactly by the fair play and was asking from the referee points that should not be his. If you watched Busta match, exactly the same situations were against Đoković few times, but unlike in Busta case, refs had the correct call and then Nishikori was always arguing and that clearly annoyed Novak. Not to talk that Novak was annoyed by the defeat from Kei in very important match, US Open 2014 semifinal.
And we know that when Novak lose in such important match from someone other than Federer or Rafa, then you can expect to see Novak on the highest possible level every next time when facing that opponent. Berdych knows this best since after beating Novak in SF of Wimbledon 2010, Novak defeated him next 20+ straight times.
And really, all we need here is to Novak play max focused for entire match and it wont be problems against this IMO poor form Nishikori.
Đoković wasn't perfect, that's true. He lost two sets so far. But, against Shapovalov it was 2-0 and break up in the third and then he slowed down, not sure from which reason. But 6:0 in the 4th set speak for itself. The other lost set was in tie-break against Medvedev. Nothing bad to say there. Simply, Medvedev was excellent for entire tournament and he was unlucky to came across Novak. IMO if he was in other half of the draw, Medvedev could go much further. In any case, Nishikori at this point is not so good as Medvedev, so IMO the Japanese won't be able to make serious trouble to world No.1.
Đoković definitely won't take Nishikori easy, he will be focused and will try to finish as quick as possible. IMO the only way this bet not to be winner is to Nishikori retires what might really happens here.
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Djokovic vs Nishikori prediction
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