The home favorite Nishikori is the main contender for the title against the tennis odds. Join us while we analyze the top tennis picks and the player to keep an eye on at ATP Tokyo.
The Rakuten Japan Open takes place in Tokyo and will be played on Hard Court
Kei Nishikori is 2nd seed and main favorite for the trophy. The Japanese is the defending champion and was already victorious twice at Tokyo.
Nishikori struggled with physical problems at US Open Series that forced him to withdraw from Cincinnati due to a hip injury and at US Open lost in first round against Benoit Paire. Despite the physical problems in North-America, the World No. 6 already returned to competition in Davis Cup with two victories in Colombia.
Kei is the highest ranked in bottom half of the draw and main contender for the title. The Japanese seemed recovered from his physical problems and he just loves this event. His tennis odds at 4.33 on bet365 are quite interesting and we’ll add him to our tennis picks to win the tournament.
Stan Wawrinka retired from Metz due to an ankle injury but as we predicted his motivation for that tournament was very low and is very likely that he used that excuse to withdraw.
Wawrinka has only showed real motivation at Grand Slams in last months, at lower events very erratic with a poor mindset. Stan is the 1stseed on this event and his draw is quite interesting to go deep on this tournament, however if he shows up with his usual lack of motivation he can lose to anyone.
The odds on Wawrinka to win the title is at 5.00 on bet365, due to his awful performances at lower level events there isn’t any value on him and our advice is to skip betting on him.
Player to keep an eye on
Gilles Simon had a good week in Metz reaching the final and he’ll be looking for another run in Tokyo after reaching semifinals last year.
The French has a pretty competitive draw with tough opponents such as Mikhail Youzhny, Kevin Anderson, Gilles Muller or Jeremy Chardy. Despite the quality of his opponents, Simon should be able to overcome them to reach semifinals where he might face Wawrinka who should be far from his best on this event.
Simon did well last year on this tournament and has a solid chance to go far this week so we’ll pick him as our player to keep an eye on at 13.00 on bet365