08 September 2014, 22:00 - US Open - Kei Nishikori vs Marin Cilic - Marin Cilic ML @2.09 - 2 units - Pinnacle Sports
Kei has done an amazing run in this tournament, the Japanese didn't know if he was going to
play this tournament but he tried and he's now in the final. Nishikori had very tough matches,
especially the last three where he beat Raonic (5 sets), Wawrinka (5 sets) and Djokovic (4 sets).
Nishikori felt some physical problems and just tried to play well on his serve and go for the big
points on return, against Wawrinka he was just "dead" in fifth set but managed to hold serve
and at 5 - 4 when Wawrinka was serving took advantage of some errors of Stan to take the
match. Kei said he will look to recover physically for this match and also try not to get nervous
because he knows everyone will be watching in Japan and expecting him to claim the title.
Cilic has been in very good shape in this tournament, after the tough win in five sets against
Simon, the Croatian raised his level and defeated Berdych and Federer in straight sets. The big thing about Cilic is that he hasn't been afraid to go for his shots, he wants to be the one to solve the matches and has been able to do it with quality. He made more unforced errors than Berdych or Federer, but also got much more winners and that's a quality the champions have, they want to go for the shots and not wait for the error. Cilic had to face a full Ashe Stadium cheering for Federer and he managed to be super cool.
Nishikori leads the h2h 5 - 2 and already defeated Marin this year in Hard Court at Brisbane but in that match Cilic was far from the level he's playing today and also his serve was very bad with only 43% first serve in. In this competition Cilic has an average 56,9% first serve in the 20 sets he played and also fired 81 aces.
This will be the biggest of the career for both, but Cilic seems to have some advantage for this contest. First: Cilic is better physically and hasn’t showed any signs of physical struggle while Nishikori has showed that in recent games. Second: Nishikori has much bigger outside pressure than Cilic and also Kei said he’ll try not to get nervous while Cilic is just super relaxed. Third: In a very big match like this, get easy points is very important and Cilic can get much more easy points than Nishikori.
Cilic is playing just amazing tennis and should be able to claim the title here. No bet under @1.90