Miomir Kecmanovic vs. Jordan Thompson
|Date & Time||Friday June 28, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Kaya Palazzo Belek
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Miomir Kecmanovic and Jordan Thompson meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Antalya Open.
Miomir Kecmanovic is coming off a straight sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kecmanovic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Kecmanovic won 76 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his four break points. Kecmanovic got 64 percent of his first serves in play and saved all three of his break points. Kecmanovic has won all six sets this tournament and has been broken just once. At just 19 years old, Kecmanovic doesn’t have much main tour experience, but he’s put himself on the map a bit with three straight wins and a semifinal trip. Kecmanovic has a chance to make his first ever ATP singles final appearance. Kecmanovic has won three of his last four matches on grass court.
Jordan Thompson is coming off a straight sets win over Damir Dzumhur that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Thompson won 80 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Thompson won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his six break points. Thompson had to play a little over an hour before his opponent retired, which means he’s played less than three hours of tennis to get to this point. Thompson has won 67 of 82 first serve points in his last two matches. Thompson hopes to make his second career final appearance and first since this years Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Thompson has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played once, which was a 2018 challenger match, a meeting Kecmanovic won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
Kecmanovic has the advantage of beaten Thompson in their previous match and he’s serving very strong at the moment. The problem is Kecmanovic is still extremely wet behind the ears and nerves are usually a factor here. Also, while victories are victories, Kecmanovic has yet to beat a top-50 player in this tournament, so his results may be a little bit deceiving. Thompson has put together a nice grass court stretch this year and should be able to make his second final appearance of the year.