TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Denis Kudla takes on Mackenzie McDonald in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, August 6th, 2021.
Which player will come out on top of this extremely entertaining encounter between these two Americans? Will it be the younger Mackenzie McDonald to get himself further than anyone expected? Will it be Denis Kudla to back up a huge upset win as he aims to go further here in Washington? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will reach the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Washington Open. Who will it be?
Mackenzie McDonald put on a solid straight sets win against the in form Ilya Ivashka, beating the Belarusian 6-4/6-4. Mackenzie McDonald has shown great tennis all week, beating big name after big name and he will be very happy with the fact that the draw has become less competitive on this side with Rafael Nadal being knocked out. Mackenzie will know that he has a strong chance of reaching the Semi-Finals here, but he has to beat a much more experienced opponent in Denis Kudla here at the 2021 Washington Open.
Denis Kudla put on a strong comeback win against Brandon Nakashima, beating the much more in form American in 3 sets 3-6/7-6/6-4. Denis Kudla will come out here confident after that win knowing that Brandon was the much more in form player and that he was expected to come through that match easily. However, Denis used all of his experience to get this win under his belt and he will have to do the same again as he meets yet another American, Mackenzie McDonald, in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Washington Open.
Denis Kudla and Mackenzie McDonald have met 5 times before, with Mackenzie McDonald leading the head to head 3-2. They have always had tight encounters and I expect the exact same here at the 2021 Washington Open. Mackenzie McDonald was always projected to become a much bigger player than he is, but that did not come through and he is now slightly lower ranked than Denis Kudla. Kudla showed more form in his win against the much more in form Brandon Nakashima and I think that if he can beat Brandon, he can beat Mackenzie here at the 2021 Washington Open to get himself into the Semi-Finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Denis Kudla to Win.
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