The ATP Dubai quarter-final between Kei Nishikori and Lloyd Harris features as Bettingpro.com.au’s best bet for Thursday March 18.
Bet Of The Day March 18 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.
This week’s results:
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March 17: Norwich to beat Nottingham Forest @ $1.90 ✅
We aim for our fourth #BOTD on the bounce when Kei Nishikori and Lloyd Harris battle it out for a place in the Dubai semi-finals on Thursday.
Nishikori, a former top 10 star and US Open runner-up, has been struggling with injuries over the last few years, causing him to slide down the rankings.
The Japanese star endured a rough start to the season in his comeback, losing all three matches he contested in Australia.
However, Nishikori has won five out of his seven matches since departing Melbourne, beating the likes of Alex de Minaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime to make the Rotterdam quarter-finals, while he’s defeated three very solid players in Reilly Opelka, David Goffin and Aljaz Bedene – the last two in straight sets – to advance into the Dubai quarter-finals.
Harris is certainly in the form of his life to begin 2021 – he made the Australian Open third round, beat Stan Wawrinka last week in Doha and has qualified in Dubai and won five matches in total this week, claiming the scalp of Dominic Thiem along the way.
But in saying that, while the scalps of names like Wawrinka and Thiem look good on paper, those two are in woeful form at the moment and would have lost to a lot of top 100 players at the moment.
Nishikori’s compact game and consistency should be able to overwhelm Harris from the baseline. Throw in Nishikori’s return of serve and Harris will likely be under a lot of pressure on his own service games.
I backed Nishikori to have a good week in Dubai and be an outside shot at the title and I’ve got no reason to believe Harris will stop him in the quarter-finals.
- Harris has never been ranked higher than No. 72
- Harris had lost more matches than he’d won at tour-level before this week
- Harris has never played a 500-level quarter-final
- Nishikori has won five of his last seven matches
BET OF THE DAY MARCH 18 👇