Ebden vs. Isner
|Date & Time||Sunday July 23, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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John Isner and Matthew Ebden meet in the final of the 2017 Hall Of Fame Open.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Bjorn Fratangelo that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 81 percent of his first serve points and 73 percent of his second serve points. Isner is finally experiencing some success after a hit or miss season, and this is the type of tournament that can get his season back on track. Isner has combined for 48 aces in his three matches and is coming off a match in which he won 43 percent of his return points. A win here should help break Isner’s funk and create some momentum with the US Open about a month away. Isner hopes to win his 11th career title and first since the 2015 Atlanta Tennis Championships. Isner is 2-0 in final appearances on grass court. Isner has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
Matthew Ebden is coming off a straight sets win over Peter Gojowczyk that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Ebden won 74 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Ebden has won six straight matches to get to this point, and its easily the most success he’s had in a singles tournament on the ATP level. Ebden has relied on his service game to get easy points, but he’s also given himself 31 break chances in his last three matches. If Ebden is going to be this successful on the return, he has a chance at the upset in this match. Ebden has a chance to win his first ever ATP singles title. Ebden has won eight of his last nine matches on grass court.
These two have played twice and Isner has won both meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Wimbledon, a match Isner won in straight sets. Ebden hasn’t won a set against Inser in two matches.
Ebden is playing some solid tennis right now, but he’s had little singles success in his career and will have to serve at a high level to compete with Isner. The American needed this tournament to kind of get his season back on track and this was his event to lose. This should be no problem for Isner if we’re being honest.
Inner wins in straight sets.