ATP ATLANTA OPEN: WILL THE TROPHY REMAIN HOME LIKE IN 7 OF THE PREVIOUS 8 EDITIONS?
The Atlanta open has once again been dominated by the home favorites like in previous years and we will once again have two Americans in the semi finals, record winner John Isner and Ryan Harrison alongside British number 2 Cameron Norrie and Australian Mattew Ebden.
Just off his most recent marathon match against Kevin Anderson in Wimbledon, John Isner who is the American number 1 and record winner of the open hasn’t not disappointed and has lost just 1 set after his entry in the round of 16, he looks set to extend his record but will have to first see off the Aussie Mattew Ebden who has also been in sensational form of late, he matched into the semis seeing off the experienced Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and will definitely be a worthy opponent for Isner. They will be crossing paths for the 4th time in their careers with Isner holding the advantage 3-1 but this will be their second meeting this year after their clash earlier in the year at the Australian Open where Ebden secured victory in 4 sets in what turned out not to be the most competitive of matches. The stakes are high and we are no doubt in for a treat as Isner will look to show his superiority at home.
In the other semi, another fan favorite Ryan Harrison will clash with British sensation Cameron Norrie for a spot in the finals. Harrison had to come from a set down against the Korean Hyeon Chung to seal his spot in the semis and it has been that type of tournament for him, having show a great deal of resilience in his two previous matches after also losing the first set in each of them but he is quite up to the task and has proven that regularly. Though, it will not be advisable to go a set down against the high-flying Brit Norrie, who has lost just 1 set so far and saw off flamboyant 2016 winner Nick Krygios who retired in the second set after suffering a hip injury hence Norrie will have the advantage of extra rest on his side, though this may count for little. This will be their first meeting and both players will definitely fancy their chances.
The battle lines are drawn and who knows, we may once again witness an all American finals or for the first time in the tournament’s history we might not even have an American in the finals. If I was a betting man I will go for Isner to secure glory again given his experience and form but no matter what happens the Atlanta Open 2018 has been entertaining as usual.