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The final 1000-level ATP tournament of the year is about to commence. And in this first-round contest, it’s Nakashima vs Zapata Miralles in their first-ever meeting. So – let me supply you with my top tennis predictions today before this one gets underway in Shanghai.
Our favourite Brandon Nakashima vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles predictions
- 1 Our favourite Brandon Nakashima vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles predictions
- 2 Nakashima and Zapata Miralles chasing second-round clash against Rune
- 3 Key match details
This first-round match involves two of the lower-ranked guys in the Shanghai Masters draw. Nakashima is ranked 123 while Zapata Miralles is ranked 72, although they both received a direct entry into the main draw. This will also be the first time that they’ve played. As for my ATP Shanghai Masters predictions, I’ve found the following two betting markets to be the most appealing:
Nakashima to win 2-1 @ 3/1 (4.00)
Since neither of these guys is in particularly great form, I can see this one being a cagey contest that could go right down to the wire. Yet on the unofficial record, Nakashima has beaten Zapata Miralles twice, and he has yet to lose to him. However, Nakashima hasn’t won an ATP match since August, which is why the win might be hard-fought.
Three total sets @ 17/10 (2.70)
Not only are these guys similar in terms of form and level, but the fact that this is the first round of a Masters 1000 event also makes it a nerve-wracking contest. Therefore, it’s likely that the match could go the distance, although I’d still expect Nakashima to pull through in the deciding set.
Brandon Nakashima vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles odds
The chance that the American will win this match is 77.8%. However, the probability of the Spaniard winning is 27.8%.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
Nakashima and Zapata Miralles chasing second-round clash against Rune
Before backing the markets listed above, make sure you take a moment to familiarize yourself with these two by reading the following previews.
Brandon Nakashima preview
When he is confident, Nakashima is a very consistent and troublesome player. With that said, his form this season has taken a serious dip, which is why he is ranked outside of the top 100 right now. Then again, he now faces a guy that he has never lost a set to – off the record.
Bernabe Zapata Miralles preview
Zapata Miralles is ranked higher than Nakashima at 72 in the world. But the Spaniard has also struggled to find form in recent months. He has won just a few matches since the ATP Tour has consisted mainly of hard-court tournaments throughout August and September. Therefore, he won’t be feeling overly confident going into this contest.
Nakashima vs Zapata Miralles head to head
The official head-to-head record for these two guys stands at 0-0. Yet that’s because they have never played each other in an official ATP-level event – not in the main draw anyway. However, as referenced earlier, Nakashima has beaten Zapata Miralles ‘off the record’ twice. These wins both came on hard courts in 2021.
Key match details
- Match Schedule – October 4th, 05:30 GMT
- Venue – Shanghai, China
- Viewing Options – Amazon Prime
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