Kei Nishikori vs Dennis Novikov – Dallas Challenger: Kei Nishikori is a Japanese 28-years old player that occupies the 24th position of the ATP Rankings.
Kei Nishikori is a player of great quality, who is very strong on these surfaces and that has already proven himself on the circuit.
He stopped competing in the last months of 2017 and therefore he intends to gain some rhythm, confidence and competitive play on this return in the Challenger circuit.
Things didn’t go well for him on the first tournament of the season, and he ended up being defeated precisely by Dennis Novikov in 3 sets on the 1st round.
He did well in certain period of that match, but the Japanese lacked some rhythm.
Dennis Novikov is a North-American 24-year old that occupies the 238th position of the ATP Rankings.
Dennis Novikov is an aggressive player, who serves well and has a good forehand. He is a player that doesn’t like very long rallies and has a typical American style.
Novikov is good on these surfaces and at this start of the season, he hasn’t been standing out much.
Maybe I should highlight the fact that he reached the 2nd round of the Newport Challenger last week since he came through the qualifying and defeated Nishikori on the 1st round, but other than that, he hasn’t done much.
Head-to-head record: 1-1
Kei Nishikori vs Dennis Novikov – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Kei Nishikori should get his revenge from Dennis Novikov here and win this match in straight sets. The Japanese player is recovering his mojo on court and he will surely want to get his revenge, beating Novikov in 2 sets.
We might have some close sets because Novikov serves well and is an interesting player offensively, but Nishikori should make 1 or 2 breaks per set and I believe he will end up winning 2-0.
He has to start getting good results and he has everything to win in straight sets here.
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