A good match for today offered by tennis pick is Marcos Baghdatis vs Yoshihito Nishioka wich will be played at ATP – SINGLES: Indian Wells (USA), hard.
This will be the first meeting between these two players. The fitness condition of Baghdatis and Nishioka will have a big say in the outcome of this match. Generally, Yoshihito Nishioka is an extremely solid, reliable and consistent performer, and he should be able to defeat Baghdatis, provided he stays injury free.
Marcos Baghdatis News
Marcos Baghdatis will be making his ninth appearance at Indian Wells when he steps on the court this Friday and making the quarterfinal once in 2006 (IW debut) is his best result in this tournament.
The Cypriot’s W/L record here in the Indian Wells stands at 9/8. Only once in his previous eight appearances, he has faced a first-round defeat (vs. Daniel Brands in 2013), and he even got an elusive win over Roger Federer in the second round of the 2010 edition.
Marcos Baghdatis was forced to retire twice in the final 30 days of the 2017 season (W/L- 19/21), he has retired over 30 times throughout his career and needless to say that constant fitness troubles did not allow him to fulfill his potential on tour.
However, Baghdatis has made a decent start to the season by winning eight of his opening 11 matches of the season and reaching the quarterfinal at ATP Sofia last month is the highlight of his season so far. He even registered two solid straight-set wins over Vincent Millot and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the qualifying stages this week.
Yoshihito Nishioka News
Baghdatis will be meeting an opponent who is having his own fitness issues in the recent months. Yoshihito Nishioka had to cut short his 2017 season at the Miami Masters (March 2017) due to a left knee issue. Making his comeback earlier in the season, Nishioka was nowhere near his best level, and he was forced to retire from the first round of Launceston challenger for the same left knee issue.
The match against Benoit Paire at Dubai last week was his first match since the retirement at Launceston challenger. Nishioka started well and won the first set against the in-form Frenchman, but his level dropped off as the match progressed, 7-5 4-6 1-6.
As a lucky loser in Indian Wells 2017, Nishioka won four matches before losing out to Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16, 6-3 3-6 6-7.
Marcos Baghdatis to win