Chen vs John Patrick Smith by Tennisguy

This is a second round match from the Taipei challenger(indoor hard) between Ti Chen from Taipei and John Patrick Smith from Australia.

 

Chen is ranked 276 adn Smith 198. They have never met in a direct match before.

 

In the first round here Chen managed to take out the 3d seed Rajeev Ram 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-1. That is definitely a boost to his moral and I think he will continue his good form in this match also. This year he is 20-10 on hard and this is his first indoor tournament of the year. He really seemed motivated in his first match and seemed like he was plating his best possible tennis.

 

John Patrick Smith played in the first round against Chieh-Fu Wang and won 6-4, 7-5. I wasn't really impressed by the way he played considering his opponent was ranked at nr.790 and I would have expected a much more easier win. Smith is 11-10 on hard this year and this is also his first indoor tournament of the year.

 

In all fairness Smith is more known on the circuit than Chen but I don't think that really matters at this level, and also if we consider the fact that this tournament is played in Taipei from where Chen is, I don't think that will be such a big factor today.

 

Both these players in their first round matches offered their opponents only 1 breaks point which they managed to save. The difference here is that Chen played a much better opponent who was actually the 3d seed of this tournament so that is really an important factor in my opinion.

 

I think Chen will manageto edge this match and come out with a win.

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