The match of the day, betting wise, is for sure the clash between Johnson and Harrison, that will be settled as R16 in the Newport Hall of Fame Open. Steve Johnson is a 28 years-old American player, with the height of 188cm and plays Right-Handed, combined with Two-Handed Backhand. Christian Harrison is the younger brother of more infamous Ryan Harrison and is 24 years-old with a height of 180cm, playing Right-Handed, combined with Two-Handed Backhand.
Stevie J had an average year so far, for his standards, reaching an SF in Delray and winning Houston (having beaten 5 consecutive Americans to win the title- Escobedo, Tiafoe, Isner, Fritz, and Sandgren). The rest of the season saw him lose rather quickly in each tournament, while the grass season wasn’t better for him. He managed to win only one grass match against Medvedev and losing 3 of them, against Paire in Halle, against M. Zverev in Eastbourne and against Bemelmans in Wimbledon. Let’s be honest for a moment here and accept that Johnson never played well in Newport, a strange tournament where the ball bounces very short and is very fast… Some called him the 5th Slam of the year, “The Classic Grass Tournament” and the “Golden Era” tournament. He played 4 times in Newport and lost 3 times as favorite (against Young, Ito, and Brezac) and once as small dog against Hewitt (late career of Hewitt). His only wins here were against Wang in 2012, Thompson and Ito in 2014, Berrer in 2015 and Sugita in 2016. These wins came as 1.13, 132, 1.33, 1.12 favorites.