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John Isner vs Reilly Opelka - 2/16/19 ATP Tour - New York Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The number 1 seed at the New York Open, John Isner has made it into the semifinals of the tournament. At this stage of the event, John Isner will play Reilly Opelka who is also from the United States.

Reilly Opelka won his previous match in straight sets as he beat Garcia-Lopez. It was a very convincing performance by Opelka as he impressed with his serve. During the win, Reilly Opelka hit 14 aces while winning 80% of his service points. Opelka won all of his service games which ensured he was always well positions in the match. It has been a good tournament for Opelka although this match is expected to be his toughest challenge as he is playing the top seed.

On the other side of the court, John Isner had an easy match in the previous round as he comfortable beat Jordan Thompson in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Isner as he won 100% of his service games while breaking his opponent’s serve on 3 occasions. Isner has a very strong record when playing in the United States as he won the Atlanta Open and the Washington Open last season meaning he should be feeling very comfortable as he enters this fixture.

Reilly Opelka and John Isner played earlier in the season at the Australian Open where Opelka caused a major upset by eliminating Isner in the opening round of the tournament. Prior to the Australian Open, John Isner and Reilly Opelka had played in 2016 at the Atlanta Open where John Isner won in 3 sets.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick John Isner to win this match. Opelka recently beat Isner but the top seed is a much stronger player and I see him getting his revenge in this match. Isner has looked good all tournament and I see him winning this match and making the final.  

Pick:
John Isner

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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