John Isner vs. Tennys Sandgren
|Date & Time||Friday October 19, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
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Tennys Sandgren and John Isner meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Stockholm Open.
Tennys Sandgren is coming off a three sets win over Oscar Otte that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 93 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren won 66 percent of his total service points and saved four of his six break points. Sandgren isn’t going to get brownie points for beating a player ranked almost in the 200s, but we have to remember he entered this tournament losing 10 of his last 13 matches. Any sort of success Sandgren can get to build confidence moving forward has to be considered a win as we head into next year. Sandgren has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Sandgren has won two of his last three matches on indoor hard court.
John Isner is coming off a three sets win over Bradley Klahn that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 82 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Isner won 80 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in the victory. Isner served like his usual self for somebody who didn’t play in a month, but playing two and a half hours isn’t ideal for somebody who is favored to win the title here and needs as many points as possible to make the end of the year tournament. Isner has to like his chances as long as he’s serving well, but you’d like to see him finish matches a lot easier, especially when he’s playing lesser competition. Isner has lost four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Sandgren is playing well at the moment, but let’s not forget he entered this tournament on a brutal losing stretch where very little went right. Let’s pump the breaks before giving Sandgren a chance to beat a top-10 player. Isner had his struggles yesterday and must improve his net skills, but nobody in this tournament is beating him if he continues to serve the way he has, and how he turns up the pressure in tiebreaks. Also, Isner needs to pile up the victories and the points if he wants a chance to participate in the ATP Finals.
Betting Isner matches are always headaches, but I like him to squeeze out the victory.