John Isner vs. Ugo Humbert
|Date & Time||Saturday July 20, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, Rhode Island
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John Isner and Ugo Humbert meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Hall of Fame Open.
John Isner is coming off a three sets win over Matthew Ebden that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 80 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Isner won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Isner got 72 percent of his first serves in play, saved three of his four break points and hit 24 aces. Isner still has some things he can clean up, but he’s won back-to-back three set matches and the added reps will be good in helping him get back in form after missing so much time. Isner hopes to make his second final appearance of the year and his 28th final appearance of his career. Isner has won three of his last four matches on grass court.
Ugo Humbert is coming off a three sets win over Ilya Ivashka that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Humbert won 77 percent of his first serve points and 37 percent of his second serve points. Humbert won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 12 break points. Humbert got 58 percent of his first serves in play and saved 10 of his 13 break points. Humbert has now won eight of his last 11 matches when you include some challenger play, but he must clean up the double faults and the break points to have a chance here. Humbert hopes to make his first ATP final appearance. Humbert has won five of his last six matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Humbert is no slouch after making the fourth round of Wimbledon and beating some quality players. The problem is Humbert is still very young and leaves a window open for his opponents with sloppy games that include unforced errors and double faults. You have to play nearly perfect to beat Isner, as one break and it can be the set. Isner also is extremely tough on American soil.
Look for Isner to make his second final of the year.