Kei Nishikori to win
Top seed Kei Nishikori has been handed a good draw this week, and I see the Japanese ace making the most of it. Nishikori is one of the form players coming into this tournament, following a strong start to the season. The former US Open finalist finally won his first title in three years when he won in Brisbane in January, and that will have felt like a massive weight had been lifted off of his shoulders. Nishikori hasn’t lost a match in which he’s completed this season, holding an 8-0 record in completed matches in2019, with his only actual defeat coming when he had to retire with an injury when he was down a set in the Australian Open quarter-finals. If Nishikori can reach the levels he displayed before his injury in Melbourne, I think he walks away with this title.
Daniil Medvedev to win
Daniil Medvedev continues to improve with each passing tournament, and I think he enjoys another good run this week. The Russian ace started the season in fantastic form, with his first outing of the year being a run to the final in Brisbane, a match in which he was beaten by Nishikori, and I fancy Medvedev to set-up a rematch of that final this week. Medvedev is also currently enjoying a great run in Sofia, and he currently finds himself in the final there on the eve of this tournament. Prior to the final in Sofia, he holds a 9-2 record in 2019, and so he could be coming into this tournament having won his first title of the year, as well as holding a 10-2 record this season. I expect Medvedev to enjoy another great run this week, and I expect him to reach a 3rd final of the season.