Leonardo Mayer vs. Tennys Sandgren
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
ASB Tennis Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
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Leonardo Mayer and Tennys Sandgren meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Auckland Open.
Leonardo Mayer is coming off a three sets win over Matteo Berrettini that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Mayer won 72 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Mayer won 68 percent of his total service points and saved five of his six break points. Mayer showed great fight to win that match after losing the first set, and he doesn’t look the same player who entered this tournament on a seven-match losing streak. As long as Mayer is serving well, he has a shot to continue winning in this tournament. Mayer has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament since making the final in Hamburg back in July. Mayer has lost five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Tennys Sandgren is coming off a straight sets win over Marco Cecchinato that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 89 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren won 79 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in a victory that took less than an hour to complete. Sandgren has cruised in both of his matches due to his impressive serve, and he’s played a little over two hours of tennis to get to this point. Sandgren looks better than he has in several months and hopes to keep that momentum going. Sandgren has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament since making the final in Houston back in April. Sandgren has lost four of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
You could make a case for either of these players given that they’ve both turned things around after entering this tournament in a serious funk. I’m giving the edge to Sandgren because he’s been more consistent with hiss serve and has been the more dominant player up to this point, playing very little tennis through four sets. If the Sandgren who has played the first two matches shows up here, he reaches the semifinals rather easily.