John Isner vs. Matthew Ebden
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM (International Tennis Hall of Fame)
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John Isner and Matthew Ebden meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Hall of Fame Open.
John Isner is coming off a three sets win over Kamil Majchrzak that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 75 percent of his first serve points and 66 percent of his second serve points. Isner won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his two break points. Isner got 65 percent of his first serves in play, saved all five of his break points and hit 25 aces. Isner looked sharp for somebody who has now played just three matches since Miami, and he’s always going to be a tough out when that serve is working. While he should have won his last match in straight sets, the added reps will be good for the American. Isner has now split his last six matches that have gone the distance. Isner has won seven of his last nine matches on grass court.
Matthew Ebden is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Kudla that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Ebden won 69 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Ebden won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his five break points. Ebden got 58 percent of his first serves in play, saved two of his three break points and hit six aces. Ebden doesn’t look like the same player who entered this tournament on a six-match losing streak and was having serious issues with his second serve and unforced errors. Ebden has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Shanghai last October. Ebden has lost five of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played five times and Isner has won four of those matches, including the most recent meeting in 2018 Atlanta. Ebden’s only win over Isner came in the 2018 Australian Open. Isner is 2-0 against Ebden on grass. Three of the meetings were decided in straight sets.
Isner has his serve working despite the limited reps and being fresh off injury, so I’m not really worried about his game and he’ll only get stronger as he gets matches under his belt. Ebden has been in brutal form these last nine months, and it’s going to take more than two wins over borderline top-100 players for me to get behind him with any confidence.
Isner should cruise in this match, advancing to the semifinals.