ATP Masters Monte Carlo Betting Semifinals: Zverev vs. Nishikori

Zverev Monte Carlo Semi

João Mourato

Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:42 AM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 8:42 AM UTC

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Alexander Zverev (3) vs. Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori advanced to his first Masters 1000 semifinals since Toronto 2016. The former world No.4 defeated Marin Cilic in three sets after nearly three hours of play for his first top 5 win of 2018. Nishikori couldn’t find his serve and failed to convert three match points in the second set before losing the set on a tie break. Nevertheless, the Japanese kept his composure to win the match and improve his extraordinary record in decisive sets on the ATP World Tour to 117 – 37.

As we predicted in our Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters quarterfinals analysis, Richard Gasquet couldn’t find the answer to Alexander Zverev’s firepower. The No.3 seed celebrated his 21st birthday by reaching the semifinals in Monte Carlo for the first time in his career. Looking now at Alexander’s numbers in the previous round, the highlight definitely goes to his return to serve with the German winning 54.08% of the points on Gasquet’s serve. Adding to this, Zverev ended the match with an impressive break point conversion rate of 75.00%.

This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Zverev emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the 2017 Citi Open in Washington.

The sportsbooks expect a close encounter with Zverev as the slight favorite at -145 at Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +135 for Nishikori’s victory. Despite Kei’s undeniable quality, it won’t be easy for the Japanese to perform at his best after such a long match yesterday. On the other hand, Zverev is known for playing his best tennis on the big stage with an outstanding 24 – 8 record over the last 12 months in ATP Masters 1000 events. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to place add Zverev's moneyline to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this semifinals clash in Monte Carlo.

Free Tennis Pick: Alexander Zverev ML (-145)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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