Malek Jaziri vs. Joao Sousa
|Date & Time||Thursday September 27, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Joao Sousa and Malek Jaziri meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Chengdu Open.
Joao Sousa is coming off a three sets win over Vasek Pospisil that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Sousa won 82 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Sousa won 69 percent of his total service points and saved three of his four break points. Sousa has played four tiebreaks in this tournament and just won the last one 7-0 to reach the quarterfinals. As long as Sousa continues to dominate his first serve, he gives himself a fighting chance against anybody in this remaining field. Sousa hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the US Open. Sousa has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
Malek Jaziri is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Jaziri won 81 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Jaziri won 71 percent of his total service points and produced two breaks on six break points. Jaziri was broken just once in the victory and managed to win a tight second set tiebreak to reach the quarterfinals. Jaziri entered this tournament losing 11 of his last 17 matches, so beating a top-40 player in straight sets has to do wonders for his confidence. Needless to say, it hasn’t been a great few months for the 34-year-old. Jaziri has a chance to win three matches in back-to-back tournaments. Jaziri has lost four of his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Jaziri has won both meetings. The most recent match was in 2010 challenger play, a match Jaziri won in three sets. The other match took place in 2009 future play.
Jaziri has to prove he can beat back-to-back quality opponents, as he entered this tournament in really poor form despite his run in Taiwan. Sousa has been serving at a really high level and has done a wonderful job of winning majority of the big points in his recent matches. The head to head also means very little considering they haven’t played in eight years.
I give Sousa the edge here.