Steve Johnson vs. Ramkumar Ramanathan
|Date & Time||Sunday July 22, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Ramkumar Ramanathan and Steve Johnson meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Ramkumar Ramanathan is coming off a straight sets win over Tim Smyczek that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Ramanathan won 72 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Ramanathan won 67 percent of his total service points, produced seven aces and saved eight of his 10 break points. Ramanathan has now won eight of his last nine sets played and has produced a combined 26 aces in his last three matches. If Ramanathan continues to get so many free points with his serve, he’s going to have a chance at the biggest victory of his career at 23 years old. Ramanathan isn’t even close to the same player who entered this tournament on a five-match losing streak. Ramanathan has a chance to win his first ever ATP singles title, as he’s 0-4 in previous final appearances, all of which came in challenger play. Ramanathan has won six of his last nine matches on grass court.
Steve Johnson is coming off a straight sets win over Marcel Granollers that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Johnson won 88 percent of his first serve points and 79 percent of his second serve points. Johnson won 84 percent of his total service points in the semifinal victory and didn’t face a single break point. Johnson has now won all six sets in this tournament and hasn’t been broken once in his last three matches. I said before his semifinal match, Johnson plays his best in front of his American fans, and this is easily some of the best tennis we’ve seen him play this year. Johnson has a chance to win his fourth career title and second on grass court. If Johnson wins this match, three of his four singles titles would have taken place in the United States. Johnson has won four of his last six matches on grass court.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two players.
Give Ramanathan credit for making it this far, and he has a chance given the way he’s been serving. However, Johnson plays his best on American soil and is a tough player to bet against in these type of matches. Johnson hits his spots with consistency and gets an extra boost from the crowd.
Johnson wins another title in the United States.