World number six Japanese player Kei Nishikori will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet in their second round match at the Rogers Cup 2019. The match will be played on Wednesday, August 7 but the time has yet to be decided. Find the Kei Nishikori v Richard Gasquet live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Kei Nishikori v Richard Gasquet Head to Head
These two veterans have been around for a while and it shouldn’t come across as much of a surprise they have played each other 11 times since their first meeting 11 years ago. Gasquet leads 8-3 with their last meeting having come in Tokyo last year where the Japanese player won in straight sets to make it to the final. The pair has faced off once before at the Rogers Cup too, back in 2013, where Gasquet won in three.
Consistent Nishikori Looking for Another Deep Run
Nishikori’s managed to keep up with his ranking, having pulled back up to number six and that has been thanks to his consistency this year. Well, that’s been the case most times for Nishikori, one of those who hasn’t yet won a Grand Slam and yet managed to remain among the top players in the world.
There was a title win at Brisbane early in the year, a quarter-final at the Australian Open and French Open and he topped it up with another run to the last-eight stage at Wimbledon. Interestingly, his losses at those Grand Slam tournaments have come at the hands of none other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
On hard court surfaces, he has a 10-4 win-loss record this year, way better than the 11-8 he had last season, but the bigger concern for him will be his poor record against his Frenchman opponent. What will obviously help is that Gasquet isn’t in a lot of form…
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Off-Colour Gasquet Hoping for a Turnaround
Since the end of the 2014 season, Gasquet has won a title every year but 2019. In fact between 2013 and 2018, he has had nine ATP titles to his name, but this season, his 10-9 win-loss record isn’t something he would be marvelling about.
Other than a run to the semi-final on the grass of Hertogenbosch, Gasquet hasn’t won two matches in a row in any competition and entered the Rogers Cup on the back of losses at Hamburg and Kitzbuhel. As a result, for someone ranked as high as 24th in the world last September, has fallen to 66th at the moment.
This, in fact, is Gasquet’s worst individual ranking since 2010 and despite that brilliant record he has against Nishikori, he might have to hope for a huge turnaround to overcome his opponent.
Nishikori v Gasquet Predictions & Tips
Given the recent form for both players, it should come as no surprise that Nishikori starts off 1/3 to win this one, as opposed 71/25 for a Gasquet victory. A straight-set win for Nishikori looks more likely and odds off 22/25 look tempting for that too.
Tip: Nishikori to win in three sets: 22/25 (888Sport)