Isner vs. Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Saturday August 19, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner meet Saturday in the semifinal of the 2017 Cincinnati Masters.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over Yuichi Sugita that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 92 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov is coming off a match that took less than an hour to finish, and he dropped just five of 37 service points. Dimitrov has lost a combined 11 games in his last two matches and has been broken just twice this tournament. Dimitrov is in great form heading into this match, but he’s lost five of his last eight semifinal appearances. Dimitrov hopes to make his third final appearance this season and his 12th for his career. Dimitrov has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Jared Donaldson that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 90 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Isner is finally starting to find his form this season after just winning the Atlanta Open, and he’s now won eight of his last nine matches overall. Isner is obviously at his best on hard court where he can use his power to his advantage, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen him playing this consistent. Isner has won four of his last five semifinal appearances, so he has to like his chances here. Isner looks for his third final appearance of the season and the 25th of his career. Isner has won eight of his last nine matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2015 Miami Masters, a match Isner won straight sets. The match took 21 games to decide.
Dimitrov is playing some really good tennis right now, but he’s still not rock solid consistent in his play, which is a concern when playing somebody like Isner who puts so much pressure on his opponent. Isner is also a different player when playing on his home soil, as all but four of his final appearances have come in the United States. He’s relaxed, plays his game at a high level and thrives off the crowd.
I like Isner to get the job done here.