In the Bendigo Challenger Final, Steve Johnson will play with Stefano Travaglia. The match will take place on January 17. Which of the players will be able to take the title? – read in our material.
In the new season, Johnson chose an interesting tactic for himself. He avoids major tournaments and performs in challengers. The class of rivals in such competitions is low, so the American easily gets the victory. It gives its results. Thanks to this, Steve strengthened in 81st place in the ATP ranking.
Last week, Johnson played in Canberra, where he reached the quarter-finals. Then the representative of the United States lost to Philip Kolshrayberom (6-7, 5-7). But here in Bendigo, Steve performs much better. Putergilla, Mayo and Vavassori Johnson passed in two sets. He lost the only game in the confrontation with the 738th racket of the world Markos Kalovelonis (6-3, 6-7, 6-3).
Surprisingly, in 2019, Travaglia lost only one match. In the ATR Cup, the Italian lost to Karen Khachanov (5-7, 3-6). But after that, Stefano managed to win victories in the confrontations with Viktor Durasovich and Taylor Fritz.
The resulting game practice helped Travaglia successfully perform in Bendigo. In this tournament, he easily beat Kelly, Kravchuk, O’Connell, and Chiron. For the entire tournament, he did not lose a single set.
Statistics and personal meetings
- Between themselves, these tennis players have never played.
- Johnson won 18 matches last year on hard. Travaglia – four.
- In the last 7 of 8 matches of the American, a tie-break was played.
Steve Johnson vs Stefano Travaglia Prediction
Travaglia significantly added to the game on hard. The victory over Fritz and a confident game in Bendigo make the Italian a formidable fighter on this surface. Perhaps in the game on the backline, Stefano is now in no way inferior to Johnson, and the strong serve of the American is unlikely to give him a big advantage.
Since Steve has been playing protracted matches too often lately, we suggest paying attention to the option of riding a meeting. You can also play a positive head start on Travaglia.