Defending Miami Open champion, John Isner has made it into the third round of the tournament. At this stage of the ATP Miami Open, John Isner will play against Albert Ramos Viñolas from Spain.
Albert Ramos Viñolas won his previous match in 3 sets as he beat Lucas Pouille from France. It was a close match where Albert Ramos Viñolas lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets. During the win, Albert Ramos Viñolas received serve well as he won 42% of his return points which led to him breaking his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions.
On the other side of the coin, John Isner won his previous match in straight sets. It was a good performance by Isner as he hit 20 aces and won all of his service games. Playing in the United States seems to give John Isner a huge boost and it has been evident during this tournament as he has been getting great support from the crowd. Isner’s record at the Miami Open is exceptional as he won the title last season and made the semifinals in 2015. With good form under his belt and the conditions favourable, John Isner will be very tough to beat.
John Isner and Albert Ramos Viñolas have played twice in the past with both players winning once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Rome Masters where Albert Ramos Viñolas won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick John Isner to win this match. Isner is the stronger player and his record at Miami is exceptional. Furthermore, John Isner has the support of the crowd which should give him a boost. With all that in mind, I see John Isner winning this match and continuing his title defence.