Nakashima vs Isner: who will become the finalist?
On July 24, two American tennis players, Brandon Nakashima and John Isner face off in the semifinals of the Los Cabos Open. Can the young athlete defeat the veteran? We made a prediction for this match, which you can find below.
Nakashima is having a great run at the Los Cabos Open. He absolutely deserved to be in the semifinals, though he reached this round with a little bit of luck. The quarterfinal match against Jordan Thompson was very close, but Brandon won a tie-break. At the decisive moments, the Australian tennis player made several mistakes, so Nakashima prevailed (6-3, 4-6, 7-6).
This is Nakashima's first such success this season. Apart from the challengers in Quimper, Brandon had not played in the semifinals in 2021. But perhaps now he will be able to get into the top hundred of the ATP world ranking.
After Wimbledon, Isner had a break and didn't play a single match before Los Cabos. That didn't stop him from reaching the semifinals of the tournament. Despite his age, John still has his power serve. In two matches here, the veteran hit 46 aces. This helped him outplay Evgeny Donskoy (7-5, 3-6, 7-6) and Alex Bolt (6-3, 6-4).
Isner played only nine matches on hard this season but he won six of them. John lost only to Sebastian Korda, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In three out of the last four matches of Isner, opponents exchanged sets.
John has played 5 tie-breaks in the last 6 matches.
At this tournament, John has lost his serve only once. We don't think that Isner will give Nakashima many chances. Most likely, the veteran will try to drag out the match. He is also very experienced in playing tie-breaks. We believe that at the decisive moments, the young tennis player will not be able to withstand the pressure, and Isner knows how to use the mistakes of his opponents.
Our prediction - John Isner to win.
Most of Isner's matches are long. This is part of his tactics, and he will stick to it. We believe that there will be at least one tie-break in thematch, so the opponents should go over the total of 22.5 games.
Second prediction - total over 22.5 games.