Hall of Fame Open: Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Jack Sock 7/14/21 Tennis Prediction

Yoshihito Nishioka vs Jack Sock
July 14, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Third seeded Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will face unseeded American Jack Sock in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Hall of Fame Open. The match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday July 14th, 2021 at approximately 2:00pm EST.

An interesting match is expected here at the 2021 Hall of Fame Open as Yoshihito Nishioka takes on local player Jack Sock for a spot in the Quarter-Finals here. Jack Sock is a former top 10 player that has really struggled with form and fitness over the past few years, and Nishioka is a solid if unspectacular player who has been having a good season. Can the American continue his good play and win just his second ATP level match of the year?

Yoshihito Nishioka is the third seed here at the 2021 Hall of Fame Open, and is ranked #55 in the world. After a disappointing Wimbledon campaign he will be hoping to get his season back on track, and finish the grass-court swing with a solid week here in Newport. The Japanese player is a very solid baseline player without any big weapons, and is an elite mover. However, he has never had much success on the grass, and will find Sock’s power difficult to handle here. While he enters as the favorite due to his ranking, this really is not a great matchup for him and he is expected to struggle here.

Jack Sock is a Wild Card at this year’s Hall of Fame Open, and will be hoping to have a solid week here to get his career back on track. Once ranked as high as #8 in the world, he now finds himself languishing at #231, after a long struggle with injuries and loss of form. He had an impressive First Round win over Alex Bolt, coming back from a set down to defeat the Aussie for his first win of the year. That will have boosted his confidence, and the American will be backing himself here against his opponent Yoshihito Nishioka. His serve is still an elite weapon, but he does not have the athleticism that he once did and he will have to be at his best here.

This is a tough match to call, due to Nishioka not being fond of grass, and Jack Sock’s recent struggles. This should be a see-saw battle, with both men fully capable of getting the win. While Nishioka is much higher ranked, I think that Sock’s game suits this surface more, and I am backing him to win here. If his fitness holds up, I think that he has enough firepower to hit through his opponent. The unforced error count may be high, but his serve and booming forehand should carry him through to his first ATP Quarter-Final in years. Jack Sock with the tight win here in Newport.

Andy T's Free Pick:
Jack Sock to win

Andy T

Andy is a former player and huge tennis fan. He has a wealth of experience on the tennis circuit and uses it to make the best picks available.
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