Yasutaka Uchiyama vs. Jeremy Chardy
|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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Jeremy Chardy and Yasutaka Uchiyama meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Brisbane International.
Jeremy Chardy is coming off a three sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Chardy won 86 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Chardy lost just five games in the final two sets after losing a first set tiebreak, and he won 80 percent of his total service points in the surprise victory. Chardy entered this tournament losing 10 of his last 14 matches, so two wins and beating a quality player such as Kyrgios is quite a way to start off the new season. Chardy now has a chance to win three straight matches in a single tournament for the first time since London back in June. Chardy has won three of his last four matches on hard court.
Yasutaka Uchiyama is coming off a straight sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Uchiyama won 85 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Uchiyama won 73 percent of his total service points and saved all three of his break points. Uchiyama has hit 27 aces in his first two matches and has won 15 of his last 17 sets when you include qualifying play. Uchiyama has clearly flipped the switch and a win over a top-15 player would help take his confidence to an even higher level. As long as Uchiyama has success with his serve the way he has, he has a chance to make an even deeper tournament run. Uchiyama has won four straight matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
What Uchiyama has done in his last several matches has been impressive and he has a shot to continue that success if he keeps bombing aces. The problem is these runs usually come to an end at some point, as there’s a reason Chardy is ranked where he is and Uchiyama is ranked where he is. You can also make the argument Chardy is coming off the more impressive victory between the two.
Chardy is the safer bet.