Dutch tennis player, Robin Haase has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Miami Open. Robin Haase will now play against Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is the number 17 seed at this tournament and he justified his high seeding in his previous match as he beat Mischa Zverev in straight sets. It was a very dominant display by Basilashvili as he won 66% of his service points and 48% of his return points. During the win, Nikoloz Basilashvili 89% of his service games and broke his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. Nikoloz Basilashvili is a very talented player and he seems to be hitting the ball very cleanly which will make him tough to beat.
On the other side of the coin, Robin Haase beat Lloyd Harris in his previous match. It was an easier match for Haase than first anticipated after Gael Monfils withdrew due to injury and Harris was named as the replacement. During the win, Haase impressed with his returning as he won 5 break points. It is important to note that Robin Haase was very poor while serving as he allowed Harris to break his serve on 4 occasions. While Haase won his previous match, it was not a very convincing win and the Dutchman will have to improve if he wishes to compete with Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Robin Haase and Nikoloz Basilashvili have played once in the past. The match was in 2016 at the Paris Masters where Robin Haase won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Nikoloz Basilashvili to win. Robin Haase has looked poor in this tournament which Basilashvili has looked very impressive. Nikoloz Basilashvili is the higher ranked player and I see him taking the win from this fixture.