Nishikori – Haase / ATP Toronto – As part of the first round of the Toronto Masters Tournament, known as the Rogers Cup, Japan’s K. Nishikori and Dutchman R. Haase will compete. This tournament takes place every other year and so N. Djokovic is the defending champion of 2016, when he triumphed over K. Nishikori in the final.
Long absence from the tennis courts has displaced Nishikori from the top of the ATP rankings, but this Japanese tennis player is slowly returning to the old form, so that one can expect his breakthrough to the tennis top by the end of the year. Nishikori is currently ranked 20th at ATP, while he had his best career ranking in early 2015 when he was fourth in the world rankings. In his professional career, he won 11 titles and the last one comes from the year 2016 from the tournament in Memphis.
During this season, Nishikori played several good matches, which brought him this positive win / lose ratio of 20:10. The final good result was at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals, but lost 1-3 to N. Djokovic in sets. We must not forget the finals at the Masters in Monte Carlo, where Nishikori had little chance against R. Nadal.
Although he has made significant progress this season compared to previous years, Haase is still far from the form he was in 2012 as the 33rd World Player. Currently, the Dutchman occupies the 38th place in the ATP ranking list and has recorded 18 wins and 21 defeats this season. It is important to note that most of these victories were won at the sand tournaments.
Accordingly, Haase has also won his two titles just on this flooring. So he was the best for two years in a row at the tournament in Kitzbühel. The best performance of the season when it comes to hard courts, Haase had earlier this year in the Auckland tournament, where he reached the semifinals, but in which R. Bautista-Agut celebrated after three sets.
Nishikori – Haase Betting Tip
The only match Nishikori and Haase played seven years ago at the Masters in Shanghai and then celebrated the Japanese 2-1 in sets. Nishikori is also a big favorite this time and we expect him to celebrate this time without a set drop.
Tip: Nishikori -1.5 sets
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