Isner vs. Chung
|Date & Time||Thursday March 29, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Hyeon Chung and John Isner meet in the quarterfinals of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Hyeon Chung is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Chung won 83 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Chung served extremely well in his fourth round win and gave his opponent just one break point, a chance he didn’t convert. Chung has yet to be broken this tournament and has dropped a combined nine games in his last four sets. Simply put, Chung is playing lights out tennis at the moment. Chung has a chance to make his first ever semifinal appearance in a ATP World Tour Masters 1000. Chung has lost his last three quarterfinal matches overall. Chung has won eight of his last 10 matches on hard court.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Marin Cilic that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 85 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Isner looked like the Isner of old, as he dropped 12 aces and didn’t face a single break point in his straight sets victory. Isner has obviously gotten off to a poor start to the season, but his recent performances may be a sign that he’s starting to turn things around. Isner is a tough out when he’s getting all of those free points with his powerful serve. Isner hopes to make the semifinals of the Miami Open for the second time in his career. Isner has won four of his last five quarterfinal matches overall. Isner has split his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Isner has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Auckland Open, a match Chung won in three sets. The last two meetings between these players went the distance.
Chung has been the most consistent player this season obviously and is the more balanced. However, when both guys are serving the way they have currently, you have to give the edge to Isner. The American is used to the marathon matches and is comfortable playing in tiebreaks if needed. If Isner can duplicate his performance against Cilic and put pressure on the younger Chung to be perfect, the odds favor him to advance.
Coin flip match and the first guy to flinch loses. I like Isner to reach the semifinals.