Kei Nishikori vs Tomas Berdych – ATP Monte Carlo: Kei Nishikori, 39th of
the ATP Rankings faces Berdych, currently ranked 18th in the world on the 1st round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Japanese is making his 2nd participation in Monte Carlo after reaching the 3rd round in 2012, while Berdych will defend the points he conquered in 2017.
The talented Japanese player is making his debut on clay on the current season, on a tournament where he doesn’t have a lot of tradition.
On his only participation, 6 years ago, Nishikori was defeated on the 3rd round by this very same Berdych. Since then, the Japanese earned his spot on the elite of world tennis and reached the top 4 of the ATP Rankings.
Right now, Nishikori is going through tough times, even playing some challenger tournaments at the start of the year.
After a month of March where he only played 2 matches, I’m curious to know how Nishikori will present itself on the clay of Monte Carlo.
The Czech will also make his debut on clay this year. His versatility allows him to be comfortable both on slow and fast surfaces, like it was proved when he reached the final of this very tournament in 2015.
This year, he has to defend the 3rd round he reached last year.
Still far from the top 10, Berdych had a promising start to the season, reaching the quarter-finals on the Australian Open, but since then, he has been disappointing, with unexpected losses in Marseille, Indian Wells and Miami.
Kei Nishikori vs Tomas Berdych – Betting Tip and Prediction:
They’ve already met on 7 occasions, with Nishikori having the upper-hand in 5 occasions. On their only meeting on clay, Berdych won.
Right now, the two players aren’t presenting the levels of confidence they’ve presented on other occasions. However, due to the tournaments played this season, Berdych is proving to be a level above Nishikori.
Besides that, the Czech is showing more consistency on clay throughout his career and that can be precious on a match between players that were once at the top but have now been declining on the Rankings.