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ATP Atlanta Open Day 4 Predictions including Isner vs Shelton

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The ATP Atlanta Open is literally and figuratively heating up, with three top seeds in action on Day 4 battling for a spot in the quarter-finals. Five Americans will play in front of a home crowd, including local college top Andres Martin and recent NCAA champion Ben Shelton. John Isner has topped Atlanta with six career titles and will be looking to win seven, while there will be an All-American game in the afternoon between Jenson Brooksby and Mackenzie McDonald. The #3 seed Alex de Minaur will also be in action in what is sure to be a physical and entertaining match. Matches for all four days are predicted below, with the rest of the quarter-final to be set by the end of the day!

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ATP Atlanta Open Day 4 Predictions

Alex de Minaur vs. James Duckworth

Face-to-face: First meeting
Duckworth is looking to build on a strong grass season after a poor start to the year. De Minaur is playing her first match on hard courts after the summer, looking to build on her strong start and fourth round at the Australian Open. The heat in Atlanta will put fitness on the line, an area where de Minaur is one of the best on tour. The compatriots will meet for the first time as their careers follow different trajectories. De Minaur has been a fixture on the tour and looks like a serious part of the future, while Duckworth is a veteran looking to near the end of his career. De Minaur is more talented and in better shape and should have no problem winning the match easily.
Prediction: De Minaur in 2

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Jenson Brooksby vs. Mackenzie McDonald

Face-to-face: First meeting
Brooksby will be delighted to be back on the hard courts where he had great success in his young career. He burst onto the radar of many tennis fans with an impressive fourth-round appearance at the US Open last year, which he followed up with back-to-back fourth-round results at Indian Wells and Miami this year. . McDonald’s had decent results throughout the year but struggled to beat high caliber players. Brooksby certainly proves to be one and will be looking to pass McDonald’s in a game that is sure to feature plenty of long rallies. Brooksby will use his base game to crush McDonald and wear him down over the course of the game. McDonald will get a set but Brooksby will retire in the third and win convincingly.

Prediction: Brooksby in 3

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Adrian Mannarino vs Andres Martin

Face-to-face: First meeting
Martin is a local Georgia Tech player making his very first appearance at the ATP level. He looked great in the first round in a dominating victory over the talented Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. Mannarino has had a very poor year by his standards but will be delighted to be back on hard courts, the only surface he has a winning record on in 2022. Mannarino has looked inconsistent recently but will have a favorable game here. College players tend to struggle at this level and Martin faces a tough game here. Mannarino is overall a solid player who makes limited mistakes and forces his opponents to beat him. Martin will have to play at an extremely high level to do that, but Mannarino will be too solid and use his experience to control the game and get the win.
Prediction: Mannarino in 2

John Isner vs. Ben Shelton

Face-to-face: First meeting
Isner is looking to defend his title in Atlanta in a tournament he has won six times, including last year. Shelton has performed well on the Challenger Tour this year after winning the NCAA championship at the University of Florida. He is an exciting talent and played very well in his straight sets win over Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round. Isner was tough to beat in Atlanta and on hard courts in general. While he’s shown more vulnerability this year, Shelton will face serve he’s never seen before. While Shelton is talented and could go bust as an underdog, Isner’s skill and experience will win out and he will continue his dominance in Atlanta.
Prediction: Isner in 2

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