Andy Murray v Kei NishikoriThey are the two men that The Wolf was fading in this quarter but after some roller coaster rides they have managed to make it through. Nishikori needed 5 sets to get past Chung before overcoming a first set bagel against Verdasco in the 4th round to win the next three sets. Murray has improved with every match but has relied on his defence and consistency rather than ball striking. Three of his four opponents have in fact hit more winners than him – namely Kuznetsov, Klizan and Khachanov. The same was also the case through the first two sets against Del Potro. Murray leads the H2H 9-2 with Nishikori winning their most recent meeting at a major – last year’s US Open. They have had some epic battles in the past with their last three best of 5 set matches all going the distance. It makes the Overs a very attractive bet.
Best: Over 36.5 games ($1.85)
Stan Wawrinka v Marin CilicThe Stanimal continues to navigate his way through the draw and comes into this one with a dominant record over his opponent. Stan is 11-2 lifetime against Cilic winning the last 7 meetings and all 5 of their matches on clay. The 2015 French Open champion has won 11 of the 12 sets contested by the pair on this surface which leaves Cilic with a monumental task. The Wolf has pointed out Stan’s clutch play late in sets and it has definitely been the case in the past against the Croat with Wawrinka winning the last 4 breakers they have contested. Stan is also 4-0 in breakers so far in the tournament while Cilic is yet to have one – due to the fact that he has completely dominated his opponents. It can be looked at as slightly concerning as Cilic is yet to be put in any tough positions. Unlike his previous matches it will be Cilic who is doing most of the running.
Best: Wawrinka -3.5 ($1.73)
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