Kei Nishikori vs Andy Murray Tennis Betting Tip Nishikori to win – 28th September 2021

Murray could find the going tough against Nishikori in San Diego

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JapanKei Nishikori vs Andy Murray United Kingdom
28th September from 1300hrs
Tennis – USA – US Open 2021
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 4/6* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021)

Andy Murray continues in action this week on the ATP Tour as he heads to a competitive San Diego event.

There’s a tricky opener ahead for him as he faces Kei Nishikori. The head to head is dominated by Murray.

However, Nishikori has rediscovered some of his old magic this season and looks like a big threat.

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Kei Nishikori Preview – Nishikori favorite for the win

This is the first tournament action for 31-year-old Kei Nishikori since the US Open.

He bowed out at the Third Round stage at the Slam, falling to Novak Djokovic after having taken the opening set.

It is a competitive W25 L16 season record for Nishikori.

Just last month the Japanese player made a fantastic run to the semi-finals of Washington on the hard court.

In the match outright for tennis betting, Kei Nishikori to win is at 4/6 odds-on* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).

Injury issues have really held Nishikori back in the last couple of years.

But there have been some really positive performances from him in 2021.

Our betting prediction:
Nishikori 2-1

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* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet)


He did get to the Quarter Finals of the Olympics where he was beaten by Djokovic.

Two of the last four match losses that Nishikori has suffered this season happened against Djokovic.

A Nishikori 2-0 set option for tennis betting is at 13/8* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).

This will be the first meeting between Nishikori and Murray since 2017.

Niskhori trails the head to head 2-9 against Murray


Andy Murray Preview – Can Murray build on Metz performance?

Andy Murray turned up in France last week to compete and he had a couple of match wins.

Victories over Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil put him into the quarter finals.

He was stopped there by Hubert Hurkacz who has been one of the stars of the season.

Murray is a quote of 6/5 in the match outright for tennis betting* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).

After last week’s efforts, Murray is W8 L8 for the season.

In none of his Tour, level events has he managed to win more than two matches at a tournament.

But you just have to look back to that huge first-round effort at the US Open this year to see that he’s still got it in him.

Murray took Stefanos Tsitsipas to a deciding set in that epic clash at Flushing Meadows.

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Andy Murray has won the last two against Nishikori, one indoors and one on clay.

The last time that they met outdoors on a hard court surface, it was Nishikori who prevailed at the 2015 US Open.

Both of Nishikori’s victories over Murray have been on hard court surfaces.

Four of the last five meetings between them have needed more than two sets to complete.

If Murry can get on the board first, then this could go long and Over 22.5 Games is at 10/11* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).


Kei Nishikori vs Andy Murray Betting Advice

Two great veterans of the game square off against one another in a loaded San Diego draw.

Looking at the state of play, Nishikori genuinely looks like the favourite to get through this challenge.

It’s been great to see him back, free-flowing and playing with confidence. But the Nishikori 2-1 option is at 3/1 for a play* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).


Key Facts – Kei Nishikori vs Andy Murray Betting Tip

  • Kei Nishikori trails Murray 2-9 in the head to head
  • Kei Nishikori plays for the first time since the US Open
  • Andy Murray lost in the quarter finals at Metz last week


It should be a relatively evenly-matched contest and Murray has to be fair, bossed the Japanese player in previous meetings.

But the current better form has been shown by Nishikori, so we think he gets across the line.

The other selection for tennis betting is Over 22.5 Games at 10/11* (odds taken 18:59 GMT on 27th September 2021 at Unibet).


The best betting odds for Kei Nishikori vs Andy Murray

Kei Nishikori to win: 4/6 at Bet365
Andy Murray to win: 6/5 at Bet365