Andrey Kuznetsov vs. Steve Johnson
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 18, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
the Line: Steve Johnson +173 / Andrey Kuznetsov -205 -- Over/Under:
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Steve Johnson and Andrey Kuznetsov meet Wednesday in the round of 16 at the Geneva Open.
Steve Johnson is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Youzhny that took 21 games to decide. Johnson is looking to get back on track after losing four of his last five singles matches. Johnson came into this tournament not winning a singles match since Miami, and he won just three matches now since the Australian Open. You also have to wonder if Johnson is overworking himself by taking on doubles matches as well. Either way, Johnson is still a top-35 player and has shown he’s capable of getting out of these funks. The downside is that Johnson isn’t great on clay and has lost five of his last seven singles matches on the surface.
Andrey Kuznetsov is coming off a straight sets win over Dudi Sela that took 16 games to decide. Kuznetsov is starting to pick up some momentum and confidence as he’s won seven of his last 11 matches and did upset Stan Wawrinka in Miami. This has been somewhat of a breakout season for Kuznetsov, who now finds himself in the top-40 for the first time of his career. Kuznetsov can only hope this run continues, as he’s had little serious success yet on the ATP level at just 25 years old. Kuznetsov has won 14 of his last 17 matches on clay when you include the 2015 Manerbio Challenger and Como Challenger.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Johnson is in very bad form right now, while Kuznetsov is starting to turn the corner and could use tournaments like this to continue his climb in the rankings. You have to ride the hot hand in these situations, so I’m backing Kuznetsov to get the big victory.