Nishioka vs Khachanov: prediction for the Citi Open match
In the first half of the season, Yoshihito Nishioka mostly demonstrated his skills at different challengers, rarely showing up at large tournaments. But here in Washington, the Japanese athlete has delivered solid performances. In the opening round, he closed Jenson Brooksby in straight sets (6-4, 6-3), and after that, he prevailed over Alex De Minaur (3-6, 7-6, 6-2).
Karen Khachanov overcame Dominik Koepfer in three sets (6-7, 7-5, 6-4) in his first 2022 Citi Open match. The Russian has 11 victories and seven losses on hard courts this season. He got his best hard-court results at the start of the tour, securing the runner-up finish in Adelaide, reaching the 3rd round of the Australian Open and the semifinals in Doha.
Nishioka played 2 tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
In 3 of Khachanov's last 5 matches, no more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Nishioka has so far looked good. He managed to overcome such strong on-form players as Brooksby and De Minaur, which speaks of his own excellent shape. We believe, the Japanese player will create problems for Khachanov in the upcoming match.
Our prediction - handicap (+3.5) to Nishioka
The opponents have met three times, and all three matches were close. We expect Khachanov and Nishioka to play another long match against each other and suggest taking the over here.
Second prediction - total over 22 games