Joao Sousa vs. Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Sunday March 24, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Joao Sousa and Kevin Anderson meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Joao Sousa is coming off a straight sets win over Steve Johnson that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Sousa won 79 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Sousa won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his eight break points. Sousa has yet to drop a set this tournament and has been highly effective with his serve, something we haven’t seen from him during this losing stretch he entered the tournament with. Sousa has a chance to win three straight matches since making the semifinals in Chengdu back in August. Sousa hopes to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 for the third time in his career. Sousa has won four of his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Kevin Anderson is coming off a three sets win over Jaume Munar that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 71 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Anderson won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Anderson completed his first match since the Australian Open and looked quite good, bombing 17 aces and even winning 19 of 30 second serve points. While inconsistent at times, Anderson is going to be a tough out as long as his serve holds up to that level. Anderson hopes to make the fourth round of the Miami Open for the fourth time in his career. Anderson has won six of his last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Nice of 2016, a match Sousa won in straight sets. The match took 24 games to be decided.
Anderson looked solid and fresh in his opening match, and he should be given the time he’s had off this season. Sousa had his moments so far this tournament, but he’s also somebody who has had a hard time lately stringing wins together and can really fall apart serving wise when he’s not feeling it. Anderson also has the clear edge on these hard courts with his power serve and is able to pile up the free points.
I like Anderson to advance.