The ATP Washington Open is arguably the strongest tournament in men’s tennis this week, despite missing many players from top 10. Thiem is the first seed but the most likely player to win the tournament is the winner of the match between Del Potro and Nishikori. The Japanese is the second best ranked player but he struggled recently and has a terrible head to head record against the Argentinean.
Astonishing Performance on Hard Court
Juan Martin Del Potro is a force to be reckoned with in the circuit, regardless of the surface he plays. His sheer strength, the ability to serve many aces and the devastating forehand make him a threat for any opponent. The only weak spot for the Argentinean is the fact that he is no longer in his prime and had to deal with painful back injuries.
Del Potro was once again unlucky to play in the more difficult half at the ATP Washington open. He is still climbing his way to the top but a placement on number 33 consistently pits him against tough opponents. In this round he takes on Kei Nishikori, a player he has defeated on 5 occasions and lost just once. He has a solid head to head record and showed consistency in the previous match in Washington.
Kei Nishikori’s Star is Fading
The Japanese player currently sits on the seventh place but he is plummeting in the standings and in real danger of leaving top 10. Injuries have caused several untimely retirements from major events and he dropped precious points as a result. Kei was on the verge of elimination in the first game in Washington and outlasted Donald Young in a decisive tiebreak.
Nishikori might be the second seed at the ATP open in Washington, but he starts with the second chance against Juan Martin Del Potro. Punters should accept the odds of 4/5 offered by bet365 Sports on the Argentinean to win the sixth time in seven matches.