TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Ilya Ivashka takes on Mackenzie McDonald in the Round of 16 on Thursday, August 5th, 2021.
Will Mackenzie McDonald continue to beat much higher ranked opponents as he is impressing his home fans in Washington? Will Ilya Ivashka spoil the party for the American as he aims to use his power hitting game to get another big win under his belt? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Washington Open. Who will it be?
Mackenzie McDonald came through an extremely tight 3 set match against the experienced Frenchman, Benoit Paire, coming back from a set down to win 6-7/6-4/6-4. Mackenzie McDonald showed great composure throughout the match as he did not let himself falter both physically or mentally after he lost that extremely tight tiebreak in the first set. I expect McDonald to build on that win and he will want to keep getting more wins here at the 2021 Washington Open, but he now meets an in form Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 16.
Ilya Ivashka cruised through his match against Grigor Dimitrov in the Round of 32, beating the much more experienced and favourite player in the match in straight sets 6-2/7-6. Ivashka is a very underrated player, especially on hard courts because he is able to hit through opponents and use his power to move them around the court very quickly. Ivashka will be confident after beating Dimitrov and he will know he can definitely beat Mackenzie McDonald here at the 2021 Washington Open.
Ilya Ivashka and Mackenzie McDonald have met 2 times before, with Ilya Ivashka leading the head to head 2-0. They met both times this year on clay and Ivashka dominated both encounters. Although we are here in America and the crowd will be for Mackenzie, I see his lucky run of form coming to an end as Ivashka will power through him. It might be tight at moments, as McDonald will not give up easily in front of a home crowd, but when push comes to shove Ilya Ivashka will make his way to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Washington Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ilya Ivashka to Win.
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