Nagal vs Istomin: Denis to win in two sets?
On July 24, Sumit Nagal faces Denis Istomin in the first round of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Who will be the winner in this match? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Nagal is having a bad season. If at the beginning of the year, the Indian tennis player still showed decent results at big tournaments, recently he hasn't achieved much even at challengers. It is difficult to imagine how Nagal will be able to stay in the competition. He loses to almost all tennis players at the Olympics on many factors. Besides, hard is not Naga's preferred surface.
Istomin also is struggling this season. Nevertheless, we believe that Denis has a chance to prove himself at the Olympics. On hard, the representative of Uzbekistan is able to put up a fight against almost any other tennis player. Although Istomin's stats on hard this year leave much to be desired - only one victory out of four matches, and it was way back at the Challenger in Istanbul at the start of the tour.
Nagal has played only one tie-break in the last 5 matches.
More than 9.5 games were played in the first set in 3 of Istomin's last 5 matches.
In this pair we prefer Istomin. Denis appears more often on hard than Nagal, so he has more experience on this surface. In addition, Nagal is showing really weak tennis this season, which is not enough even to win at challengers.
Our prediction - Istomin to win.
The game will probably be close. Nagal, though not so confident on hard, is unlikely to just give this match away. We are expecting a long confrontation and suggest betting on more than 22 games.
Second wager - total over 22 games.