John Millman (@1.22) vs Steven Diez (@3.75)
22-09-2019

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John Millman will win

John Millman – Steven Diez Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 01:00

Fritz, meanwhile, bested Jiri Vesely 7-5 7-6 before advancing to the last eight courtesy of Richard Gasquets withdrawal. The Spaniard has the greater variety of the two and, perhaps crucially, vastly more experience of European clay-court tennis. Expect that to prove decisive. Neither man comes into this match blessed with massive power from the back of the court, but both are good movers, Bautista Agut particularly so, and possess reliable groundstrokes.

Indeed, it could well prove the difference in this clash. However, he may struggle to defend his backhand against the big-hitting Auger-Aliassime. Auger-Aliassime, in contrast, has proven himself an effective clay courter already, despite limited experience on the surface. Johnson struggles to come over that wing and whilst he does possess a good slice, it is typically less effective on the slow European clay. His forehand, which he is able to hit with heavy topspin, is a particularly useful weapon in his arsenal, but his ability to drive through his two-hander should not be underestimated.

Andy, who hasnt played a singles match since the Australian Open in January, is contemplating a return to singles next week in Cincinnati and hopes to play the U.S. Jamie is playing with fellow Briton Neal Skupski, while the 32-year-old Andy is paired with Feliciano Lopez. Open. Former No. 1 Andy Murray and his brother Jamie are playing doubles, but theyre not playing together as they did last week in Washington.

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The Georgian, though perhaps slightly less explosive than Tsonga, also has fewer weaknesses than his opponent. Targeting the Tsonga backhand seems likely to be an effective strategy for the top seed. That said, when his serve and forehand are firing, as they were in the deciding set against Diez, he does have the power to take the racquet out of opponents hands. However, so does Basilashvili. Tsonga looked impressive in beating Monte Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic 7-6 6-4 in the first round, but less so in his 3-6 7-6 6-2 win over Canadian qualifier Steven Diez in the round of 16. Find that wing regularly and he should be able to claim the win.

His wife, 2015 U.S. Open womens champion Flavia Pennetta, is expecting the couples second child, and that will make travelling more difficult. He dismissed rumours that hes ending his association with coach Franco Davin at the end of this year, but he said he will have to make decisions regarding his schedule at the end of the year.

That said, he did not look at his best in the second round, dropping the first set to French young gun Corentin Moutet before rallying to win 4-6 6-4 6-3. But the Lyon Opens second seed is a force to be reckoned with on any surface and will surely go into his quarterfinal clash with Taylor Fritz full of confidence after beating the American in straight sets in both their previous contests. Spains Roberto Bautista Agut may not have the same affinity for clay-court tennis as many of his countryman.

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Johnson, meanwhile, arrived in Lyon with just four wins to his name so far this season. The final match of the day at the Lyon Open will see fourth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime take on Steve Johnson of the USA in their first career-meeting. But he played some fine tennis to account for lucky loser Lloyd Harris, 7-6 6-2, and seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 7-6 5-7 6-1, to reach just his second tour-level quarterfinal of the year. Auger-Aliassime has had an excellent year and impressed in battling past the industrious John Millman 7-6 7-5 in the second round.

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But Basilashvili, who won ATP 500 titles in Hamburg and Beijing last season, has improved significantly since, although he was not at his most convincing in his 7-5 7-5 win over lucky loser Tristan Lamasine in the second round. In surely the pick of the quarterfinal action, top seed Nikoloz Basilashvili will take on 2017 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second meeting between the pair. Their first also came at the Lyon Open with Tsonga claiming a 6-2 3-6 6-1 win in the semifinals two years ago on his way to lifting the title.

In a match that promises plenty of exciting attacking tennis, third seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada will take on Frenchman Benoit Paire. The pairs head-to-head is currently tied at one win apiece, with Shapovalov winning a hard-fought three-setter at the Madrid Open last year before Paire avenged that defeat at Wimbledon with a 0-6 6-2 6-4 7-6 win in the second round. Shapovalov, in his first match at the Lyon Open, came close to defeat, but recovered from a set and a break down to beat Paires countryman Ugo Humbert in three.

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Both men have plenty of power and play their best tennis on the front foot. Paire was also on the ropes in his opener, but finished strongly to defeat Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 7-6 6-1 before easing past Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-3 to reach the last eight. That said, in front of a supportive French crowd, he has looked dialled in so far this week. However, they also both often struggle to effectively marshal that power, whilst Paire can also fade mentally. And when he is focused, he is a difficult man to stop.