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Predictions for ATP Atlanta quarterfinals including Brooksby vs Isner

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The final eight will take place at the ATP Atlanta Open, featuring five of the quarter-finalists from the United States, which is sure to delight local audiences. Two matches will feature all-American matchups that are both thrilling for the crowd and guaranteeing two Americans in the semi-finals. Amazingly, all six seeds that entered the tournament are still alive in the quarters. Alex de Minaur is the favorite non-American and is always entertaining. It should be a great day of tennis in Atlanta and the full match slate is predicted below!

ATP Atlanta Open quarter-final predictions

Ilya Ivashka vs. Tommy Paul

Face-to-face: First meeting

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Veteran Ivashka has had a fairly quiet year and hopes to make the most of his quarter-final spot. Although he played well to make the surprise appearance at this point, he was lucky not to have to face a top seed after top seed Nick Kyrgios withdrew from his quarter of the draw . Paul has dominated in Atlanta so far, losing a total of eight games in the two games he has played. He’s had a solid year on hard courts so far, making at least the third round of his last four surface events, including Indian Wells and Miami. Paul has also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and will be looking to build on his success. Ivashka hasn’t made it easy in Atlanta so far, dropping a set and playing a tight third set in both of her matches. Paul looks a lot sharper so far and he’s definitely the better player overall. Paul has more tools, power and fitness advantage and will win quite easily.
Prediction: Paul in 2

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Alex de Minaur vs. Adrian Mannarino

Face-to-face: 1-1

De Minaur is looking to build on a great grass-court season, although it got off to a bad start with a first-round loss to Mannarino at S-Hertogenbosch. Mannarino’s grass-court season went in the opposite direction of de Minaur’s, starting strong and then struggling the rest of the way. Mannarino has been terrible on clay so he’ll be happy to be on hard, but that’s a surface where de Minaur also excels. Mannarino had to qualify but reached that round as the Lucky Loser, thanks in part to a lucky draw. De Minaur will be a tough game, mostly for his elite fitness on an afternoon in Atlanta. Mannarino doesn’t have a ton of tools either and forces opponents to make mistakes with solid, consistent play without anything flashy. De Minaur’s speed and power will hit Mannarino and force him back into the fight. The Frenchman won’t have the tools to compete with de Minaur, and the Aussie will crash into him and win the match.
Prediction: Minaur in 2

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Brandon Nakashima vs. Frances Tiafoe

Face-to-face: 4-0 Tiafoe

Tiafoe owned their past encounters with the sweep of their previous four clashes, all of which were on hard courts. Nakashima hopes to change that with his momentum after a strong grass-court season where he made the fourth round of Wimbledon. He started the season badly, so he will have to make adjustments to succeed back on the hard courts. Tiafoe is a good hard-court player and his powerful game and huge shots work well on the surface. Nakashima is a fighter and will have plenty of opportunities to force Tiafoe into mistakes and earn key points for a chance of pulling off the upset. Tiafoe is a clear match for Nakashima and two of his wins came earlier this year. Tiafoe will continue to use that advantage and hit Nakashima, who showed some vulnerability in his first game here in Atlanta. The two young Americans will entertain the fans with a battle but ultimately Tiafoe will do more to keep the upper hand over Nakashima.
Prediction: Tiafoe in 3

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Jenson Brooksby vs. John Isner

Face-to-face: First meeting

Isner was tough to play as a six-time Atlanta winner and top seed here after Nick Kyrgios retired. However, he struggled against wild card Ben Shelton and barely won by netting two tie-breaks. He didn’t get a break the whole game and seemed to be struggling physically. Brooksby is a nightmare match for this with his style of play. Brooksby has also shown he is a real danger on the hard courts. He will be able to hold the service against Isner but his powerful return can even disturb Isner’s service. His physical game and fitness level will help extend points, wear down Isner and force him into mistakes. Brooksby will take advantage of Isner’s struggles and can get a few big breaks which will be all he needs to shake off the upset and win the game.
Prediction: Brooksby in 3

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