Former No. 1 Andy Murray will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the first round at the San Diego Open this week. Our tennis expert serves up the latest odds, a tip for the match, and details how to live stream and claim an exclusive promotion at bet365.
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Andy Murray will enter the San Diego Open on the back of a mediocre result in the Moselle Open. The 34-year-old saw off home favourite Ugo Humbert in the opening round in Metz, initiating a strong comeback after losing the first set to win the contest 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. He looked very confident in his subsequent match against Vasek Pospisil but couldn’t move past the quarterfinals as Hubert Hurkacz outclassed him by 7-6, 6-3. Although there were some positives for Murray in Metz, he will now be trying to perform better at the San Diego Open.
Murray was eliminated in the 2021 US Open after he lost the first round. Stefanos Tisipas won the five-set thriller. His Rennes Open campaign was ended by Russia’s Roman Safiullin in the round of 16 before Hurkacz knocked him out of the Moselle Open from the quarterfinals.
After losing four sets to Novak Djokovic in round three at the US Open, Kei Nishikori will be back on tour. Although the Japanese won the first set against the Serbian, the 34-year-old won the contest 6-7.6-3.6-3.6-2.
Nishikori was also impressive at the Tokyo Olympics. He defeated Andrey Rublev, a highly rated player, in the first round. Then he went on to win victories over Marcos Giron (Ilya Ivashka) and Marcos Giron. He lost in straight sets to Djokovic during the quarterfinals.
The Japanese made it to the semifinals of 2021 Citi Open. They defeated Lloyd Harris in straight set in the last eight. In the semifinal, he met South Africa’s Mackenzie McDonald who beat him in three sets.
Murray and Nishikori met 11 times in the past. Murray won nine matches, while Nishikori won two. The Japanese won the quarterfinals at the 2017 French Open. Murray was also the former World No.1.
Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori Odds
Below are the latest odds on this match from bet365:
To Win Match
Murray: +1.5 (11/10)
Nishikori: -1.5 (4/5)
Murray: O22.5 (3/1); U22.5 (3/1)
Nishikori: O21.5 (15/8); U21.5 (12/5)
Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori Prediction
Murray is 34 years old and is now playing in his third straight tournament this month. The former British No.1 seems determined to make up the time lost, but another run at San Diego Open will be a difficult task for a veteran player with a long list injury list.
Perhaps it’s the concerns over Murray’s engine that have caused oddsmakers to make Nishikori the slight favourite in their upcoming match, and that’s despite the fact that the Japanese product has lost his last nine previous nine encounters against the Scot.
It’s a tough game to call, but we think Murray will have enough gas in the tank to see off an opponent that he knows well and get through this encounter. Murray to beat the handicap at +1.5 at 11/10.
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