On January 9, an American derby will take place at the ATP Cup in Canberra, in which Steve Johnson will play with Bradley Klahn. Will the meeting be tense? – read in our prediction.
Johnson decided to maintain his position in the first hundred ranking chose the Challenger in Canberra. This is probably the right decision, since recently the American has acted not in the best way. At the APR tournaments, he can’t show good results so far, but at the challengers he succeeds. For example, he finished last year with performances in Fairfield and Las Vegas. In the first case, he reached the final, and in the second to the quarter-finals.
Here, Steve missed the first round, and in the 1/8 finals Zhizhen Zhang (6-7, 6-4, 6-4) hardly passed.
Bradley Klahn could not stay in the first hundred of the rating. Now Bradley takes 132nd place. With this result, he doesn’t get to the best ATP Cup, so he is forced to compete in challengers.
In Canberra, the US representative has already won two meetings. First, the Klahn defeated Varillas Patino-Samudio (7-6, 6-3), and then, with a score of 6-3, 6-4, he defeated Norbert Gombos.
Statistics and personal meetings
- Five years ago, Johnson defeated the Klahn on a hard score 7-6.7-6.
- In this tournament, Steve gave one serve.
- Bradley has not lost yet.
Steve Johnson VS Bradley Klahn
It’s no secret that both tennis players have a powerful pitch. Their only personal meeting ended in two tie-breaks. Given their playing style, we believe that something similar will happen this time.
As for the winner, we will probably give preference to Johnson. He is a more skilled player. Moreover, in the previous round, he beat the rising Chinese star Zhang. This confirms that Steve is now in good shape.