American tennis player, Tennys Sandgren has made it into the semifinal of the 2019 ATP Auckland Open in New Zealand. Sandgren is set to play Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany for a spot in the final of the tournament.
Philipp Kohlschreiber had a big win in his previous match as he comfortably beat Italian superstar, Fabio Fognini. It was a very impressive performance by Philipp Kohlschreiber as won 4 return games. This was well complemented by his serve as Kohlschreiber won all of his service games. The serve was especially impressive as Philipp Kohlschreiber won 70% of the points played during his serve. It has been an exceptional tournament for Philipp Kohlschreiber he is yet to lose a set. Such a strong run of form will make Philipp Kohlschreiber very hard to beat in this tournament.
Similarly, Tennys Sandgren has also had a very strong tournament as the American has also won all of his matches in straight sets. In the previous round, Sandgren was dominant as he beat Mayer comfortably. During the win, Tennys Sandgren served exceptionally well as he hit 11 aces which led to the American winning all of his service games. That being said, it is important to note that Tennys Sandgren struggled to return serve as he only won 1 break point in the entire match.
Tennys Sandgren and Philipp Kohlschreiber have played once in the past. That particular match was played at the 2018 ATP Monaco event where Philipp Kohlschreiber won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Philipp Kohlschreiber to win. While Sandgren has looked good, the American has struggled to win return games while Philipp Kohlschreiber looks strong in all departments. Philipp Kohlschreiber is a very experienced player and I see him making the final of the 2018 ATP Auckland Open.