Jürgen Melzer vs Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
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South African tennis superstar, Kevin Anderson has made it into the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna where he will be playing Jürgen Melzer from Austria.
Jürgen Melzer caused a major upset in the opening round as he beat former world number 3, Milos Raonic. It was a convincing win for Melzer as he won the match in straight sets. Jürgen Melzer is a very experienced player and has a great record at this tournament as he has won the title twice in the past in 2010 and 2011. While these statistics are impressive, Jürgen Melzer has not made an ATP final since 2013 and is more commonly seen on the doubles scene. This tournament is played at Jürgen Melzer’s hometown and he received exceptional support in his opening match. With such a favorable venue and a win over Raonic to start the tournament, Jürgen Melzer will feel he has a chance to cause another upset.
Kevin Anderson, on the other hand, had a big win in his opening round match as he defeated the China Open champion, Nikoloz Basilashvili. Anderson lost the opening set but fought back well to win the match. Anderson’s serve was exceptionally strong in the match as he 25 aces and only lost 1 service game. Kevin Anderson is significantly higher ranked than his opponent and with the Paris Masters next week, the South African will be desperate to get some wins under his belt.
Kevin Anderson and Jürgen Melzer have played 3 times in the past with Jürgen Melzer winning once and Kevin Anderson winning on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was over 5 years ago when Kevin Anderson defeat Jürgen Melzer in straight sets during the opening round of the Rome Masters.
All in all, I am picking Kevin Anderson to win. Anderson is a much better player and with a big win in the first round, he should be good enough to defeat Jürgen Melzer and make the quarterfinals of the event.