Johnson vs. Sandgren / ATP Houston – Even though they are playing on clay, it is not uncommon that we see at least one American tennis player at the finals of the tournament in Houston. This season, both finalists are Americans, and the fisrt one is title defender S. Johnson and the second one is his compatriot T. Sandgren. Begins: 15.04.2018. – 21:00 CET
Johnson did not make much till this tournament in Houston so his current ratio was just six wins and eight defeats. This American tennis player is currently at the 51st position of the ATP ranking, which is far from his best ranking from 2016 when he was the 21st player of the world. Johnson has managed to win two ATP titles in his career so far, last from last season from this tournament in Houston.
The start of the season was quite bad for Johnson who until the tournament in Delray Beach could not go further than the first two rounds at the tournaments in which he performed. There were some defeats from a much poorly ranked tennis players, so we can state that Johnson could and should have done much more this season. At the aforementioned Delray Beach tournament he ended in the semi-finals after a defeat by P. Gojowczyka, while he at Masters in Miami reached the third round in which P. Carreno-Busta stopped him.
We have mentioned all the more important results in Sandgren's career in our yesterday's analysis, when the American played a semi-final match against I. Karlovic. Now we will say more about the course of the match where Sandgren celebrated the victory with a score of 7:6 7:6. This was expected to be an equal match between two good servers. Karlovic was the one who first had the advantage of a break in the fifth game of the first set, but already in the eighth game, Sandgren recovered his backlog and resolved the first set in his favour for the tie-break.
A similar, but inverted development of events was in the second set. The American was the one took advantage, but Karlovic returned very quickly at the result egal. So the winner of the second set, but also the whole match, was decided in the tie-break in which one mistake from Karlovic decided the winner. From the equated statistics of this match, we will only mention the slightly lower percentage of the first service from Karlovic, which was only 59%.
S. Johnson vs. T. Sandgren PICK
The final match of the tournament in Houston is also the first mutual match between these two American tennis players. Johnson has some better results and more experience when it comes to this background where they reached the title last season. That is why we will give him the advantage in this match.
Pick: Johnson wins
Odds: 1.50 at betvictor (down to 1.80 can be played)