2019 Rogers Cup – Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori on and what time does it start? Wednesday 7th August, 2019 (UK)

What channel is Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Richard Gasquet vs Kei Nishikori? https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Kei Nishikori beat Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-1

RICHARD GASQUET

  • Richard Gasquet took control of the first set tie-break against fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire before going on to win in straight sets, upsetting the odds in the first round.
  • The 33-year-old has reached the finals of the Montreal Open twice in his career, losing to Roger Federer in 2006 and Novak Djokovic in 2012.
  • The Frenchman holds a healthy 7-3 head-to-head record with his next opponent Kei Nishikori, but the Japanese number one has won three of their last four meetings.

KEI NISHIKORI

  • Kei Nishikori received a bye into the second round of the Montreal Open after rising to sixth in the ATP world rankings, just two places away from his career-high 4th in 2015.
  • The 29-year-old has reached the quarter-finals of his last three tournaments, including both Wimbledon and Roland-Garros, and could be one to watch for the title here.
  • Nishikori lost to Richard Gasquet at this tournament in the round of 16 stage back in 2013, but six years on the Japanese is firmly back in his prime and favours a hard court.

THE PREDICTION

While a 7-3 head-to-head record in favour of Richard Gasquet looks solid enough reason to go for the Frenchman, it is worth noting that Gasquet was 6-0 up against Kei Nishikori until 2016, since when Nishikori has one twice on clay and once on hard, last year in Tokyo. Nishikori looked quite excellent throughout his Wimbledon campaign before coming up against eventual runner-up Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and, fitness permitting, he should be kept in mind as a dark horse for the incoming US Open. If he is anywhere near his form from last month he can beat Gasquet in two sets, but you cannot count out the 33-year-old’s quality.

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