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30 August 2013

John Isner vs Philipp Kohlschreiber match preview

In the third round of the US Open, John Isner is going to play against the German player Philipp Kohlschreiber (ATP ranking #25), and it will be the fifth match in their head-to-head statistics. Kohlschreiber won the only match, however it happened exactly last year at the American Grand Slam (the score was 3-2). Since then, it seems to us that John took that loss close to his heart and his game performance got worse. But, it can't take forever, and all Isner's fans have seen John's come back recently, when he not only gained a new Champion title in Atlanta, but also beat several top-10 players in a row, including #1 Djokovic.
Speaking about Philipp, his experience on hard is wide, but at the same time, as we know, he is not very consistent and doesn't show such a great concentration in the important moments as John. Moreover, he doesn't like to play against players with a great serve. And the latest match against Roger-Vasselin hasn't shown Kohlschreiber being in perfect form.
To summarize, we believe John Isner will try to step over his mental fears which could appear the last time he played vs Kohlschreiber, and prove he is able to defeat the German without problems.

John Isner vs Philipp Kohlschreiber match preview

Pick: John Isner 3-0

Bookmakers odds:
2.62 at Bet365

29 August 2013

John Isner vs Gael Monfils match preview

So, with an easy win over Volandri (6-0, 6-2, 6-3) at the first round of the US Open, John Isner advanced to the next match vs the French tennis player Gael Monfils, who is currently ranked #39. The players have met six times total, and their head-to-head stats is 3-3. Analyzing those matches, we can say that all of them hardly ever ended without tie-break, and were not easy in general.
Speaking about current form of Isner and Monfils, they both have been playing on top-level recently. We suppose, you haven't forgotten John's great victories: in Atlanta (became a champion), Washington (reached the final), Cincinnati (defeated Djokovic, Del Potro and other top players). The statistics of the latest match is good too - 73% of the first serve, 16 aces, high-speed serves and nice winners/unforced errors ratio. Though Monfils can't boast of such fast serves, some of the parameters like 1st serve percentage and winners/unforced errors stats are even better than John's.
To make a conclusion, we would like to say that the course of the match might be rather tough and intensive, however, in our opinion John Isner should still win in 5 sets.

John Isner vs Gael Monfils match preview

Pick: John Isner 3-2

Bookmakers odds:
6.0 at Bet365

18 August 2013

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner match preview

John Isner has been showing the greatest performance in his career during the last weeks and especially here in Cincinnati. It didn't seem so easy at the start of the tournament as his draw was rather tough. Just imagine: John defeated such experienced and dangerous opponents like Florian Mayer (recent top-20), Richard Gasquet (#11), Milos Raonic (#10), Novak Djokovic (#1) and Juan-Martin Del Potro (#7). Finally, Isner achieved the main match of the tournament, which will be played vs Rafa Nadal. And we believe that this match is going to be spectacular and will probably last for 3 sets.
Nadal's previous experience against John was troublesome. All of their 3 mutual meetings ended for Spaniard, although those matches were long and nervous. Taking into consideration the last two matches of John Isner vs Djokovic and Del Potro, we assume that Nadal will also experience difficulties with Isner's serve (which is maybe the best of his current season). And we remember Rafa's words after he was almost beaten at the Roland Garros 2011, when he confessed that he felt a great pressure playing vs Isner on his own serve (as every mistake on his serve may cost him a set - John Isner on the contrary feels safe on his serve). Rafael is in perfect form too at the moment, and the current season is the best for him, so nobody is going to give up in the upcoming match. We hope John will find his keys to win the crucial points and get his first ATP 1000 title.

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner match preview

Pick: total over 2.5 sets

Bookmakers odds:
3.0 at Bet365

04 August 2013

Juan-Martin Del Potro vs John Isner match preview

What a great tennis performance John Isner has been showing these weeks! First, he became a champion in Atlanta, and today he will try to earn a title in the semifinal match against Juan-Martin Del Potro in Washington.
The players met each other rather long time ago - the last match they had was in 2011. Their overall head-to-head statistics is 3-0 for the Argentinian. Del Potro's victories were not gained easy, although Isner's tennis wasn't so superb those times, and Juan-Martin himself was in his peak form.
Nowadays, we can say that Del Potro isn't notable for high stamina and endurance, and these characteristics are hardly higher than Isner's. Moreover, Juan-Martin doesn't play often and attend mostly big tournaments, where top-4 players take the prizes, so his experience in final matches isn't wide. Plus, they are playing in the US, so the audience will be a great support to Big John, who played really well in previous matches, by the way. His ace stats has been stably high as well as percentage of the 1st serve. So, our hope and wishes of good luck go to John Isner!

Juan-Martin Del Potro vs John Isner match preview

Pick: John Isner to win

Bookmakers odds:
4.0 at Bet365

30 July 2013

John Isner becomes an Atlanta Champion

"Want to see 3 tie-breaks in a row, watch John Isner vs Kevin Anderson"

After our prophetic tweet about John Isner's specials (tie-breaks), the result of the match made us happy even more as the American tennis player won a new champion title in Atlanta. Isner (top-seed) defeated Kevin Anderson from South Africa 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2), making this 2 hours 54 minutes match the longest best-of-three sets final in the ATP history this season.
"This is a tournament where I could have been out in my first match. I lived on the edge all week, and seemed to come through for the good every time," John said after winning the match. "It feels good to be on the right side."
Some stats is also should be mentioned: 24 aces/0 double faults for John Isner - 21 aces/6 double faults for Kevin Anderson. Despite the number of total points won is almost equal (125-123), Isner was able to win, showing his great concentration and mental focusing in crucial moments and saving a few match balls.
No doubt, we have to pay tribute to Isner's strategy as well: "On his [Anderson's] second serve, he was never going out wide. So I told myself I was going to go around it (to hit forehand), and if he hit an ace so be it".
The match statistics only strengthened John's position as a tie-break leader in the ATP Tour with 26-7 record. And even Kevin Anderson had to admit it: "He definitely played two better tie-breakers than me; there's no question about that".
Congratulations, John!
John Isner becomes an Atlanta Champion

01 June 2013

John Isner vs Tommy Haas match preview

John Isner has never before passed through the third round of Roland Garros. All his fans are aware about his nice skills on clay, even though his win-loss record on this surface doesn't reflect it yet. You may remember John confirm his preferences to clay court in various interviews with mass media. We think that John is ready to show his A-class game, and his strength on clay is maybe the most considerable compared to other surfaces at the moment. This is because Isner hasn't had enough practice this season, so his endurance would be in danger on fats surfaces. However, French Open courts are not very fast, and he will have enough time to follow the ball. We would like to say that from our perspective the tough period for John Isner in this season has ended, and he will improve his results in every next tournament. At least, we hope so. Sure thing, Tommy Haas is not a type of a sportsman who will easily let to beat himself, and his game during the previous year was marvelous. He defeated Isner this year already, but John will try to use his strong sides and the weak ones of Haas (his age for example). And we are sure that it is expected to be one of the most spectacular matches of the week.

Pick: John Isner to win

Bookmakers odds:
3.75 at Bet365

29 May 2013

John Isner vs Ryan Harrison match preview

It was a great match from John Isner against Carlos Berlocq recently. We didn't even expected that he would win in straight sets which were quite easy - 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Thus, Isner saved his strength and stamina for the next matches of the Roland Garros. Today, he is going to play vs his fellow American player, young Ryan Harrison (ATP ranking #92). The head-to-head statistics is for John Isner - 3-1. The latest match he won was this season in Houston on clay in straight sets.
Analyzing John's performance in the match vs Argentinian a couple of days ago, we can see 14 aces, an average serve speed of 202 kph, plus the winners/unforced errors rate is superb (52-29). Well, Isner showed really good tennis, and despite he was loosing 2-4 in the 3rd set against Berlocq, he was able to tie the set. So, we can assume that Big John is in the mood for advancing far at the French Open. However, Isner may loose one set just in sympathy with Ryan Harrison, one of the members of the US Davis Cup team. That is why our prediction is John Isner's win in 4 sets.

Pick: John Isner 3-1

Bookmakers odds:
3.5 at Bet365

John Isner vs Ryan Harrison match preview

27 May 2013

John Isner vs Carlos Berlocq match preview

Finally, the second Grand Slam of the current tennis season has just began. The first day's matches were already played, and now it's time for John Isner to show what he is able for on clay surface. His first match is against Carlos Berlocq (ATP ranking #71) from Argentina. Well, these players haven't met each other on court before, so it will be a debut match for them today. Berlocq is a rather good clay surface player, which have a nice record on it. But it also should be mentioned that Carlos rare beat players from top-25. Plus, his game performance is poorer than in the previous season. He hasn't played a lot recently and seems to have some problems with his stamina.
As for John Isner, he definitely needs to advance far at the French Open if he wants to stay in top. And we should say that he has quite nice chances of doing it. Firstly, let's remember his great victory vs Rodger Federer on clay last year. Secondly, John took 2(!) sets against Nadal(!) at the French Open 2011. And thirdly, Big Man won a clay tournament in Houston in April this year, having beaten one of the most experienced clay court players, Nicolas Almagro, in straight sets in the final.
Taking all thoughts into consideration, we hope Isner to win the match vs Berlocq in 4 sets.

Pick: John Isner 3-1

Bookmakers odds:
5.0 at Bet365

22 May 2013

John Isner vs Robin Haase match preview

Hi, dear fans of John Isner!
Again we will see an interesting match with his participation and one more time the beginning of the tournament is not expected to be easy for the American player, to be more precise, the reason is the current form of Robin Haase. First of all, we need to note that Haase is an inconvenient opponent for Big Man. They played two times on hard surface in 2010 and 2011. Both matches were tough, ended 7-5 in the third set, and Haase won one of those rivalries. Guys are playing in Nice now, both players were in the quarterfinals here (Haase in 2011, John Isner in 2012. We should pay attention that Haase is good in long rallies, he likes clay surface best of all and he is improving his game from match to match this season. His win/loss record this season is 15/13, while John has collected 13/13. And Robin Haase had a perfect start of the clay season, with 10 victories and only 5 defeats (he lost to strong players). All these circumstances lead to the conclusion that John should do his best to defeat Haase and gain a good warm-up before the French Open Grand Slam.

Pick: John Isner 2-1

Bookmakers odds:
3.75 at Bet365

John Isner vs Robin Haase match preview

17 April 2013

Isner confident he can return to form on the clay

At this time last year John Isner was a top ten player. He'd helped to send the USA into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup with wins over the likes of Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, achieved a runner-up finish in Indian Wells, and finished as the runner-up in Houston too. Judging on the basis of these results, it's surprising that Isner hasn't been able to push on and make a real name for himself. Instead, whilst Isner hasn't been playing badly, he's now ranked outside of the top twenty.

With the European clay swing now underway, Isner will be looking to improve upon his 12-8 win/loss record for 2013. He only won 3 matches during the swing last season, missing out on major opportunities to pick up ranking points in Madrid and Rome, as well as at the French Open. Despite all of this, and the fact that Isner isn't your stereotypical dirtballing expert, there's good reason to believe that the American can make a big impression over the next few months.

"I've always known I could play well on clay," said Isner after bettering his 2012 Houston effort by winning the US Men's Clay Court Championship. This perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise. Isner may not possess the movement and scrambling skills of Murray, Djokovic or Nadal, but he's without a doubt one of the most nimble big men in the ATP. To add to this, his powerful forehand allows him to control points from the baseline, which is a valuable talent to possess on clay. His big serve shouldn't be ignored either. Yes, clay is generally the slowest surface, but the 6'9" star still managed to fire home 64 aces in Houston, beating Pete Sampras' tournament record of 60, set in 2002.

Isner accepted a late wildcard entry into the Monte Carlo Masters, and like last year he'll compete in Madrid and Rome before making his way to Roland Garros. A lengthy run at just one of these events will give Isner a boost that could send him back to the top twenty. He seems to be confident, and his decision to compete in Monte Carlo reflects this. If he can maintain his sparkling Houston form, Isner could have a huge two months ahead of him.

Written by Ian Horne from Live-Tennis.com

12 April 2013

John Isner vs Ricardas Berankis match preview

Since the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston is a 250 ATP tournament, we don't need to wait long for a quarterfinal. Today John Isner is going to play vs Ricardas Berankis (ATP ranking #77) from Lithuania. He is a young tennis player who has a good record on hard surface as well as Isner, and not bad clay statistics. Berankis had to defeat Tommy Haas to advance to the quarterfinal, and he did it in straight sets, but it is not an important factor because of two reasons. First of all, Berankis hasn't shown any special achievements this season, and the win vs Haas was rather an exception. Secondly, Tommy himself was more likely demotivated because he has recently had several big victories at different tournaments, plus the change of surface played its role.
Isner and Berankis hasn't had head-to-head stats yet. Furthermore, it is the very first appearance at this tournament in Houston for Ricardas.
In conclusion, we would say that John's performance in Houston is pretty good, so our prediction will be his win in straight sets.

Pick: John Isner 2-0

Bookmakers odds:
2.10 at Bet365

09 April 2013

John Isner vs Ryan Harrison match preview

The US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston has just begun. The first John Isner's match at this tournament will be versus young fellow tennis player Ryan Harrison (ATP ranking #93). The tournament is held on clay court, and as we know both Isner and Harrison are not big fans of this surface, having more losses than wins on it. However, John Isner is on much higher level than Harrison, despite he lost to Ryan at the beginning of the season in Sydney (more likely because of his injury). Furthermore, John showed great tennis playing for the US Davis Cup team against Serbia several days ago. The first set of the match vs Novac Djokovic was really spectacular.
The head-to-head statistics is 2-1 for Isner, both matches he won in straight sets. Isner's experience in Houston is rather successful - played in two quarterfinals, reached final last season.
We suppose John to repeat his last year result at the US Men's Clay Court Championship and advance as far as possible. And taking all thoughts above into consideration, we hope the match will end in straight sets for John Isner.

Pick: John Isner 2-0

Bookmakers odds:
2.10 at Bet365

John Isner vs Ryan Harrison match preview

19 February 2013

John Isner vs Denis Istomin match preview

There is no time to wait and rest for tennis players because a new tournament in the US has started - U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis. In the match of the first round John Isner will face Denis Istomin (ATP ranking #63) from Uzbekistan. Istomin is not an indoor surface player at all, having 64-63 of the win-loss record.
John already defeated Denis in Indianapolis in 2009, and that's all their head-to-head statistics for the moment.
We can't help but mention the match Isner played vs Haas at the last week's tournament in San Jose. His game and form was like in the old good times when John could beat any top player. He played not only on his own serve, but on Tommy's one as well; the movements were almost perfect and Isner attacked a lot. And Tommy Haas wasn't worse - he showed probably his best tennis recently, but it wasn't enough to overcome Milos Raonic with his phenomenal game in the final.
So, we think John Isner is warmed up and ready for more achievements, plus he has 5 years of a pretty good experience here in Memphis, that's why our pick for the match is that John will win in straight sets.

Pick: John Isner 2-0

Bookmakers odds:
2.20 at Bet365

15 February 2013

John Isner vs Xavier Malisse match preview

So far so good - the first match of the SAP Open was successful for John, and now it's time for the quarterfinal where Isner is going to play against Xavier Malisse from Belgium (ATP ranking #53).
Surely, Xavier Malisse is a strong player and he is able to make a game tough and nervous. Although Xavier is a European, he plays well on hard (better then on clay surface) and likes American tournaments.
As we can see from the head-to-head statistics, the first two matches were won by Malisse in 2010, and then, last season, Isner defeated the Belgium in Nice and at the US Open. The time has passed, and Isner has become more experienced and skillful tennis player. In the same time, Malisse is already 30 years old; plus, it will be difficult for him to make a break if John's serve is OK. So we wish Isner strong and precise shots he can make, and suppose him to win in 3 sets.

Pick: John Isner 2-1

Bookmakers odds:
3.75 at Bet365

John Isner vs Xavier Malisse match preview

13 February 2013

John Isner vs Vasek Pospisil match preview

Initially, the tournament in San Jose (indoor court) wasn't in John Isner's schedule, but he hasn't gained a lot of ATP points recently, so now John needs to play often and consistently to keep and then raise his rankings. Besides, it's an US tournament, and we know Isner likes to play in his native country, so it's a good chance for him to move forward. Big John starts to play in the round of 16 against Vasek Pospisil (ATP rankings #130), a young and quite perspective player. Although Vasek plays not so well on grass and clay, his indoors/hard record is better, and he even managed to defeat Isner in Valencia 2011. We should note that indoors is not a favorite surface of John, but still he's been gaining more and more experience on it each year. Moreover, we believe John Isner really desires to left behind his indistinct matches he played at the beginning of the season and return to tennis form we all love Isner for.

Pick: John Isner 2-0

Bookmakers odds:
1.5 at Bet365