Alex De Minaur vs. Damir Dzumhur
|Date & Time||Friday September 28, 2018, 3:00 AM (EDT)|
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Damir Dzumhur and Alex De Minaur meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Shenzhen Open.
Damir Dzumhur is coming off a straight sets win over Ramkumar Ramanathan that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Dzumhur won 75 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Dzumhur won 66 percent of his total service points and saved all 10 of his break points. Dzumhur entered this tournament losing eight of his last 12 matches, so he picked up a much needed victory and managed to win majority of the big points in the straight set win. Dzumhur now looks to build on such a performance and will give himself a chance to do so if he continues to fight off break points with such success. Still, Dzumhur has lost 11 of his last 18 sets played, so it’s hard to be confident in him at the moment. Dzumhur has lost four of his last five matches on hard court.
Alex De Minaur is coming off a three sets win over Mackenzie McDonald that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, De Minaur won 67 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. De Minaur won 61 percent of his total service points and saved nine of his 12 break points. De Minaur has pretty much dominated the four sets he’s won this tournament and has been rather consistent with his first serve. De Minaur has split his last 10 matches overall, but he’s done a fine job this season of beating the players on tour who he’s supposed to beat. De Minaur hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Citi Open. De Minaur has won four of his last five matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Sydney of this year, a match De Minaur won in one set before Dzumhur retired.
De Minaur has played his best tennis in matches he’s supposed to win, and this is probably one of those matches. Dzumhur has been in full struggle mode despite a couple of recent wins and gives his opponent way too many break points. A player such as De Minaur is sure to take advantage of those opportunities.
De Minaur gets the job done here possibly in straight sets.