Today’s Picks: Friday’s top betting tips from the Italian Open

Hostilities at the Foro Italico have reached its business end. From a list of crunch clashes today, we have selected and brought you the top three betting tips for the day.

Novak Djokovic to beat Kei Nishikori at 1.55 on Nairabet ATP, Italian Open Quarterfinals.

Novak Djokovic is having his best week since his return from a troubling injury in January. He reached his first quarterfinals this year after beating Albert Ramos Vinolas on Thursday. In that match, he showed just what has been missing from his game all along- that ruthlessness. The Serbian, so impressive at the Foro Italico, hasn’t dropped a set and now he comes up against Kei Nishikori of Japan for a place in the semis.

Both players have played 14 times in the past and Djokovic has won 12 of those meetings, which includes 11 straight victories. The most recent match was in last week’s Madrid Open, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Djokovic hasn’t lost to Nishikori since the 2014 US Open, and he’s 5-0 against him on clay. With the Serb brimming with confidence again, don’t even try to best against him. Don’t! 1.55 for Djokovic’s win is generous, really!

Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini (Under 18.5 games at 2.00 on Nairabet), ATP, Italian Open Quarterfinals.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini is having quite a tournament in Rome. Backed by the home crowd, the Italian beat Gael Monfils in the opening round, stunned Dominic Thiem in the second round and saw off Peter Gojowczyk in the third. But that’s going to be it. These two have played 13 times and Nadal has won 10 of those meetings.

Nadal has been on an unreal level on clay so far this season. His last match against Denis Shapovalov took 17 games to decide. I’m backing this to be decided in under 18.5 games. Back that up, also, at 2.00 on Nairabet. Good pick that’ll be!

Alexander Zverev to beat David Goffin at 1.50 on Nairabet. ATP Italian Open, Quarterfinals.

Alexander Zverev has been really, really incredible on clay so far. The 21-year-old German hasn’t dropped a set in 10 matches and is on an 11-match winning streak on this surface. The only player that’s posted a better performance/result so far on clay this season is Nadal. And I’m backing the German to beat anybody who isn’t Nadal. David Goffin, though, good on clay, is 0-2 in his career in quarterfinal trips at the Italian Open. Well, that’s not changing tonight. Zverev will go through. Back that up at 1.50 on Nairabet.

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