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Alexander Zverev vs Kei Nishikori Predictions, Tips & Live Stream – Zverev in for another long one
- Alexander Zverev vs Kei Nishikori predictions & tips
- The French Open fourth round match is being played at Roland Garros on Sunday 6 June
- Alexander Zverev has seen 30.5 games in 7 of his last 9 Grand Slam matches
- I am backing Zverev vs Nishikori to last over 30.5 games
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Alexander Zverev has won 10 of his last 11 matches on clay (Getty Images)
Alexander Zverev vs Kei Nishikori Predictions
After going five sets against Oscar Otte in the opening round, Alexander Zverev recorded straight-sets wins over Roman Safiullin and Laslo Djere. He is likely to find things much tougher against experienced Kei Nishikori, who has often taken him the distance in their previous meetings.
- Alexander Zverev has won 10 of his last 11 matches on clay
- Alexander Zverev has seen over 30.5 games in 7 of his last 9 Grand Slam matches
- Alexander Zverev has seen over 30.5 games in 4 of his last 6 French Open matches
- Alexander Zverev has gone the distance with Kei Nishikori in 3 of their 5 matches
- Kei Nishikori has seen over 30.5 games in his last 9 completed Grand Slam matches
- Kei Nishikori has seen over 3 sets in 4 of his last 5 completed Grand Slam matches
- Kei Nishikori has seen over 3 sets in 8 of his last 10 completed French Open matches
- Kei Nishikori has seen over 3 sets in 9 of his last 12 matches vs seeded players at the French Open
Alexander Zverev is 4-1 against Kei Nishikori.
Nishikori’s solitary victory came in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2018. Zverev has won all three subsequent meetings. They have played twice on clay in 2021, Zverev winning 6-3, 6-2 in Madrid and 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Rome.
Alexander Zverev Stats
Age: 24 (20 April 1997)
Height: 6’6” (188cm)
World Ranking: 6
Career High: 3 (November 2017)
Career Singles Titles: 15
2021 Singles Titles: 2
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
French Open Best Result: Quarterfinal (2018-19)
Alexander Zverev Form
Alexander Zverev has now won eight straight sets since losing his first two of the French Open 2021 to Oscar Otte, but it has not been entirely straightforward.
After having to win two tie-breaks against Roman Safiullin, Zverev found himself pushed hard by Laslo Djere in the second set of their third-round encounter. Zverev trailed 3-5 and had to save three set points on his opponent’s serve before being able to come through 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.
Djere was unable to punish Zverev for his lapses in concentration and looked fatigued after lengthy matches. The Serbian player gave up 45 unforced errors – these are not numbers you will see from Kei Nishikori.
Kei Nishikori Stats
Age: 31 (29 December 1989)
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
World Ranking: 49
Career High: 4 (March 2015)
Career Singles Titles: 12
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
French Open Best Result: QF (2015, 2017, 2019)
Kei Nishikori Form
Kei Nishikori played just six matches in 2020 due to the pandemic and the aftermath of an elbow injury, but the former US Open finalist has been able to compete on a full schedule in 2021.
A three-time French Open quarterfinalist, Nishikori plays well on clay. His best results so far in 2021 have been on hard courts, however, making the quarterfinals in Rotterdam and Dubai.
Nishikori played five-set matches against qualifier Alessandro Giannessi and 23rd seed Karen Khachanov, improving to 26-7 in matches which go to a fifth set. He received a helpful retirement from Henri Laaksonen in the third round, however, so should not be too fatigued to challenge Zverev.
Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori meet in the French Open fourth round on Sunday 6 June.
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Zverev is heavily favoured to win but based on their history against each other as well as at Grand Slams in general, it is unlikely that the match will be settled in straight sets.
Best Bet: Over 30.5 Total Games @-208.33 at Unibet - 4 Units
Value Bet: AZ to win+both get set Winner @150.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Zverev 3-1 3.90 @-Infinity at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit