Jordan Thompson vs. Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 26, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Jordan Thompson and Kevin Anderson meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Jordan Thompson is coming off a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Thompson won 69 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Thompson won 64 percent of his totals service points and converted on five of his 10 break points. Thompson has won each of his last six sets and has produced a combined eight breaks in his last two matches. This is easily the most success Thompson has ever had in a big tournament and it will be interesting to see if nerves eventually get to him, as they usually do to players so green. Thompson looks to make the quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career. Thompson has won four of his last five matches on outdoor hard court.
Kevin Anderson is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 75 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Anderson won 73 percent of his total service points and saved his only break point. Anderson, who entered this tournament with no matches under his belt since the Australian Open, has combined for 30 aces and has saved five of his seven break points. Anderson is always a threat to the rest of the field when he’s serving this well, and he has a chance for his seventh Masters 1000 quarterfinal since the 2017 season. Anderson looks to make the quarterfinals of the Miami Open for the third time in his career. Anderson has won seven of his last nine matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Chengdu of 2016, a match Anderson won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
We have a player in Thompson who has never been on this stage before and isn’t as locked in with his serve as he needs to be in order to compete in this match. Anderson is serving extremely well for a player who has missed so much time, and that only puts even more pressure on his opponents to play perfect tennis. This is a match Anderson should be able to win rather comfortably, making the quarterfinals of the Miami Open for the third time in his career.