Steve Johnson: Free points always a key in a Tie Break


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Steve Johnson: Free points always a key in a Tie Break

American tennis player Steve Johnson took out fifth seeded Tennys Sandgren at the New York Open to claim his first win of the 2020 season. Sandgren has had a good start to the 2020 season following a quarterfinal stint at the Australian Open whereas Johnson made an unceremonious exit in Melbourne, bowing out in the opening round.

Johnson’s last ATP tour win came at the Winston-Salem Open in August. Johnson scraped past his match against fellow American Sandgren, taking him out in a pulsating three set match 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3). Johnson showed nerves of steel during the match, saving three break points at 3-4 in the deciding set and twice holding as he served to stay in the match at 4-5 and 5-6.

“I just thought I played a couple good points, down break point at 4-3, and then started off the tie-break with a great return,” Johnson said. “A couple free points are always key in a tie-break. Wins are wins, you take them when you get them and hopefully you string a bunch in a row.

That’s my goal”. The American next takes on seasoned campaigner Andreas Seppi after the Italian beat Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina in an enthralling three set crunch match 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6). Johnson won the Bendigo Challenger in January and lost in the semi-finals of the Newport Beach Challenger and is presently ranked at No.75 in the world.

He has four ATP titles to his name and has been ranked as high as No.21 in the World with a prize money of over $6 Million.