Rublev vs Nishioka: prediction for the Citi Open match
Andrey Rublev delivered very strong performances in spring. His best result was defeating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Serbia Open. But since April, Rublev hasn't played in finals. In Washington, the Russian cruised past his opponents - Maxime Cressy, Jeffrey Wolf, and Jack Draper were all defeated in straight sets.
Yoshihito Nishioka was in a crisis for a long time and dropped to the 96th line in the ATP ranking. But he will difinitely regain several positions after this tournament. The Japanese player has had a solid Citi Open campaign so far. Among his opponents were Jenson Brooksby, Daniel Evans, and Karen Khachanov, but Nishioka defeated all of them in three sets.
In 3 of Rublev's last 4 matches, more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Three sets were played in 3 of Nishioka's last 5 matches.
Nishioka is red-hot and we expect him to create problems for Rublev in the upcoming semifinal. This is likely to be a long battle, so take the over.
Our prediction — total over 21 games
The Japanese player's main strength is his speed. This should help him maintain a handicap of 5 games.
Second prediction — handicap (+5) to Nishioka