Sandgren vs Mayer
QF match in Auckland between Tennys Sandgren and Leonardo Mayer.
There are no official matches between them, they are also close in the ranking, but this week one of them looks more sharp and with much better serve, more solid at all and that's Tennys Sandgren. The American beat Max Marterer and the N3 seeded Marco Cecchinato both in straight sets even without playing a tiebreak. He was unstoppable against Marco in a match where I expected much more from the Italian, but he disappointed me a little. I know he is a typical clay-courter, but has the game to win also on different surfaces. Infact Tennys didn't face any break points on his serve, while he succeeded to break Cecchinato 3 times. He made so many aces and I think he served without any double faults.
On the other side Leo Mayer beat Johnson in the 1st round, but that was the season opener for Steve, so it wasn't so unexpected to have a lot of difficulties against Mayer, who is not an easy opponent as a start. Yesterday Leo also beat Berrettini in three sets. It was a long match where Mayer was very close to lose even in straight sets. He lost the 1st with 5:7, while in the 2nd he was 5:6 behind and 14:40 on serve, but somehow succeeded to save three match points for Berrettini. In the tiebreak it was a festival of mini-breaks and Leonardo was the final winner and turned the match in the 3rd set.
Compairing both of them Sandgren is much stable on serve, makes much more aces and less double faults. His 1st serve percentage of winning points is also higher. Both of them can be good in rallies, but the advantage Tennys has on serve is expected to be the deciding part which will lead to his success. In a possible tiebreak I expect Sandgren to have the edge! I will be glad to see a final between the Americans Taylor Fritz and Tennys Sandgren.
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Sandgren vs Mayer prediction
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