Nobody was expecting to see Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic in the finals, but they’ve played some extraordinary tennis in the last two weeks and they fully deserve this reward for that. For one of them, Monday will be a day full of joy – for the other, things won’t be so happy. Who’s going to win? Well, we naturally can’t say for sure, but our money will go on the Japanese number one.
Match: Kei Nishikori vs Marin Cilic
Selection: Kei Nishikori
Best Odds: 1.88 @ Pinnacle
The Croat benefited from some luck in the semi-finals against Roger Federer, as the Swiss number one turned out in a pretty bad form. Cilic did a great job to beat him in three sets, but one always had the feeling that Federer should’ve done better. On the other hand, Kei Nishikori was forced to work really hard against the world’s number one, Novak Djokovic, who put him into some truly difficult spots in the third set. His determination got tested and he passed the test with flying colors, which should provide him with the confidence he’s going to need in order to succeed in his first Grand Slam finals.
Things aren’t so clear when it comes to Marin Cilic, who’s never looked like the right player for these big occasions and who isn’t always able to play his best tennis under pressure. Unfortunately for him, pressure is what this match will be all about – the entire world will be watching, after all. Both guys have a realistic chance of making it to the history books, but we believe that Nishikori has a better chance of withstanding the enormous pressure that invariably comes with these big matches, so we’re going to recommend a bet on him today.