Kei Nishikori vs Ernests Gulbis Preview – ATP Barcelona 2014 SF

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An interesting match-up is scheduled to take place in the semi-final round of the Barcelona Open, as Japanese No.1 Kei Nishikori and world No. 23 Ernests Gulbis meet for the first time on the professional tour. Their only previous encounter took place over six years ago on the Challengers circuit, which Nishikori won, but that is not likely to impact their performances on Friday afternoon.

World No. 17 Kei Nishikori cruised into the final four in Barcelona with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over towering Croat Marin Cilic. It was a dominant performance from the top ranked Japanese star, who had previously beaten Cilic this season in the Brisbane International quarter-finals. Nishikori hit 2 aces and won 75% of his first service points en route to a straight sets victory in 1 hour and 11 minutes.

World No. 23 Ernests Gulbis advanced to the semi-final round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Friday when the top Latvian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4 in 89 minutes. It marked his third ATP World Tour semi-final (or better) so far this season. Gulbis hit 1 ace, won 73% of his first service points and even managed to save all five of the break points he faced during the match.

After beginning his clay court season with a loss to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round in Monte Carlo, the ninth seed has recovered fantastically, as he is now one win away from reaching the Barcelona finals for the first time in his career. Gulbis has already lifted one title so far this season, the Open 13, and has also reached the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals. He will now look to reach his second final of the season when he faces the Japanese No. 1 on Saturday afternoon.

This marks the first time that Nishikori and Gulbis will cross paths on the ATP World Tour. While Gulbis is a threat to any competitor, Nishikori has really managed to fine tune himself so far this season under the tutelage of Michael Chang, and will likely find a way to overcome the top ranked Latvian en route to his second final of the season.

Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Three Sets

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5 thoughts on “Kei Nishikori vs Ernests Gulbis Preview – ATP Barcelona 2014 SF

  1. nadal forever why are you following his posts if you think he is not good? You always post bad comments and I would love to see some of your own predictions. It’s true I don’t like either the posts about players like Nadal or Djokovic winning in straight sets for some odds of 1.4, but there are some very good predictions where he thinks the match will end in 3 sets, you can surely make some nice amounts trading those ones.

  2. @cosmin
    what is feel is this KZ always go with some safe choices without giving any thought into it most of the time..  To admit frankly before trading something i look into  his predictions first and trade opposite way. it is working for me.. before predicting something its important to know how well are  the players  playing.. That is to watch their previous round matches. If you look at almagros match against verdasco in 3 rd round he played some unbelievabale shots.. verdasco is a lefty and nadal too.. so after watching that match i seriously thought almagro can get atleast a set out off nadal and traded accordingly. Then i saw his predictions of straight set win for nadal and felt myself very happy.. He is not a predictor.. even  a stats person can tell his safe choices

  3. nadal forever  
    ok, it makes sense what you are saying about Almagro, but i still give him credit for the more than a few times he predicted the correct score 2-1. It’s not an easy job for them and choosing the good info from each one of them is the key for me. Good Luck!

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