Johnson vs. Fritz
Steve Johnson’s quest for back-to-back titles in Houston continues after an epic three-set victory over John Isner in the quarter-finals. Playing in Houston brings the best out of Johnson with the defending champion winning all his last 7 matches at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships. Adding to this, Steve is two wins away from becoming the third player to win multiple titles on this event.
Taylor Fritz couldn’t have asked for a better debut in Houston. Known as one of the most talented young players on the ATP World Tour, the 20-year-old is enjoying great success in 2018 with an impressive 76.67% winning record this season. On the other hand, Fritz holds a perfect 2 – 0 record this year against top 20 players. Looking now at Taylor’s campaign on this event, the world No.72 battled from a 2 – 4 deficit in the decisive set to overcome 2015 champion Jack Sock in the previous round.
This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Fritz emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the 2016 Memphis Open in two tie breaks.
The bookmakers expect a close contest with Steve as he slight favourite at 3/4 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle while Fritz is available at 5/4 at 5Dimes. Despite Taylor’s lead on the h2h, it’s impossible to ignore Johnson’s brilliant record in Houston. Moreover, Fritz is only playing his fifth official tournament on clay. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Johnson’s moneyline to your tennis picks as the best betting approach for this match.
Best Play: Steve Johnson ML at 3/4 at Pinnacle