Defending champion John Isner takes on Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals of the 2019 Miami Open at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Friday afternoon.
The big-serving American has already rocketed down 77 aces in four matches at this year’s tournament, winning each of them in straight sets. Having said that, he has been taken to a tie-break in no less than seven of the eight sets he has contested. In his quarter-final, Isner beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5).
It speaks volumes as to the strength of his service game that he has won all seven of those tie-breaks. If his service is functioning at anywhere near the level he is capable of, any opponent knows that there will be precious few opportunities to break the Isner serve and that can be incredibly demoralizing.
This is a breakthrough year for the 18 year-old Auger-Aliassime, who came through his first ever ATP 1000 quarter-final by beating the 11th seeded Croatian Borna Coric 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. In doing so Auger-Aliassime became the youngest male semi-finalist in the tournament’s history and third youngest at an ATP 1000 tournament since 1990.
Auger-Aliassime is evidently growing in confidence as he progresses through the rounds in Miami and he has now won nine of his last 10 matches on outdoor hard courts. In this tournament he has now won his last seven sets.
As for our tennis betting predictions, Auger-Aliassime certainly has momentum and his time will surely come, but Isner is clearly at home in this tournament as he looks for the win that would see him contest the 27th final of his career.
Isner is therefore the tip to win this match at odds of -167 with 888sport, with the betting line on Auger-Aliassime set at +140 over at Betway Sports.
Pick: Match Result – John Isner to win @ -167 (888sport)