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Nishikori vs Herbert ATP Rotterdam predictions and betting tips

Leye Aduloju 12 Feb 2019
  • Kei Nishikori takes on Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round on Tuesday
  • Nishikori defeated Herbert in their only previous meeting in Miami in 2016
  • Nishikori vs Herbert live stream available – watch and bet on Montpellier tennis at bet365
Kei Nishikori. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Kei Nishikori makes his Rotterdam debut on Tuesday when he takes on Montpellier finalist, Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Can the Japanese superstar tame the in-form Frenchman?

Date: Tuesday February 12
Start time: 7:30pm local time (6.30pm GMT)
Court: Ahoy Rotterdam

Making an adjustment to his usual schedule, which took him to the Americas at the time of the year in previous seasons, Nishikori is playing in Rotterdam for the first time as he looks to continue his fine start to the season. What a difference a year makes. At this point last season, the Japanese ace had just played a couple of Challenger tournaments on the comeback trail after spending significant time on the sidelines due to a wrist injury, but now fit and firing, and back in the top-ten, he has been mixing it with the very best since the start of the year. Nishikori opened the season with a title run in Brisbane, and then reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open, where he unfortunately had to retire against Novak Djokovic following a grueling route to the last eight. (He played five-setters against Kamil Majchrzak, Ivo Karlovic and Pablo Carreno Busta, and had almost nothing else to give by the time he turned out against Djokovic. Refreshed and re-energized after a brief break, will he make a winning debut in Rotterdam on Tuesday? The top seed is at 1/3 @ William Hill to win.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert is more reputed for his exploits as a doubles player, and completed the career Slam in the discipline with partner, Nicolas Mahut at the Australian Open, but he has also been making big moves in singles this year, and enters Rotterdam at a career-high ranking of 36. Chiefly responsible for that was his superb run to the Montpellier final, which featured wins over Denis Shapovalov and Tomas Berdych, while he had earlier made the quarter finals in Doha and the third round at the Australian Open. Also, he has enjoyed recent success in Rotterdam, as he made the semi-finals in 2017. Given his form, Herbert represents a tricky first round draw for Nishikori, and the Frenchman is at 13/5 @ BetVictor to take down the top seed on Tuesday.

Nishikori vs Herbert Betting Tips

The foundation of Herbert’s recent success has been his serving, backed up by excellent forecourt skills, and it goes without saying that he has got to find his marks with that shot on Tuesday. If he gets a good number of first serves in, then his net skills can take over. However, he has got his work cut out against Nishikori, who is one of the finest returners on the tour. Nishikori strikes the ball crisply off both wings, and will win a high number of extended rallies. He has also got a god passing shot on him- hence Herbert has got to be perfect with those volleys. Herbert well in out to keep this tight, and he will get chances on Nishikori's unremarkable serve, but in the end, Nishikori’s dynamism should be too good for the Frenchman.

Nishikori vs Herbert Match Stats

  • Nishikori defeated Herbert in straight sets in their only previous meeting in Miami in 2016
  • Nishikori is playing his first ever match in Rotterdam
  • Herbert has reached a career-high ranking of 36th following a strong start to the season

Nishikori vs Herbert Odds

Nishikori to win - 1/3 @ William Hill
Herbert to win - 13/5 @ BetVictor

Nishikori vs Herbert Recommended Bet

Over 22.5 Games at 5/6 @ Ladbrokes

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Nishikori vs Herbert ATP Rotterdam predictions and betting tips

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