TennisSection previews the 2021 Hall of Fame Open as Kevin Anderson  takes on Jenson Brooksby in the Final on Sunday July 18th, 2021.
Will Kevin Anderson continue his impressive form to lift the title? Will Jenson Brooksby pull off a big upset to take the trophy? It’ll be an interesting contest between the favorite and the crowd favorite. Who will be the champion at the 2021 Hall of Fame Open?
Kevin Anderson is coming into the final with a big win, having defeated the first seed Alexander Bublik in three tight sets. He’s the favorite to follow up that win to become the champion here, being the player with much more experience, especially on grass, having reached the Wimbledon final of 2018. It will be really hard for Brooksby to break Anderson’s serve, as his service has been almost untouchable the whole week. In my eyes, all Kevin will need to focus on is holding his serve and whenever he sees an opportunity to just play the aggressive tennis that got him to this point. I think if there will be any tiebreakers, Anderson’s service game and his experience will be plenty for him to get through that. As long as he doesn’t face much trouble on serve, I think he’s definitely the man to bet on to win the title.
Jenson Brooksby, the home favorite hailing from the states is coming into the final after pulling the upset on the seventh seed Jordan Thompson rather easily. His service wasn’t bad, having only faced three break points however, his second serve win percentage was only at 42%, and against a better opponent in Kevin Anderson, he’ll have to do some adjusting there to get through him, as I suspect that part of his game will be punished. He’ll have to pull some out-of-the-box tennis to be able to lift the title here come Sunday, as he definitely isn’t the favorite and all the numbers look to be against him.
Kevin Anderson and Jenson Brooksby have never played before, with this being their first career meeting. Both are pretty tall guys, with good games for the grass, especially Anderson with his magnificent serving. It’ll be hard for Jenson to get many looks so if he gets any he needs to go all out. His opportunities will be rare, and especially if he’s only winning 42% of his second serve points against Jordan Thompson, it’ll be a hard one for him on Sunday. Anderson will have to focus on keeping his first serve percentage high and playing steady tennis off the return, going for many aggressive plays. Both men have been playing great tennis this week here in Newport but it is hard to look past the former top 5 player Kevin Anderson, who will win here, becoming the 2021 Swedish Open Champion.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Kevin Anderson to win.
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