Denis Kudla vs. John Isner
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 6, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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John Isner and Denis Kudla meet Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
John Isner enters this tournament in horrible form, as he’s lost five of his last nine singles matches. Isner had a disappointing showing in Miami and didn’t advance past his first match in Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires. These tournaments are chances for Isner to inch closer to the top-10, but he’s really had a hard time when it comes to building on the success he had last season. Remember, Isner beat three top-10 players last year and made at least the quarterfinals in four of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. You’d like to see Isner get back on track with a strong showing here. Isner has lost his last two matches in Houston but did win the title back in 2013.
Denis Kudla is coming off a long three set victory over Mischa Zverev in the first round. Kudla has lost five of his last eight singles matches but was competitive in his Miami match against Milos Raonic. Kudla continues to show flashes at 23 years old, and his current ranking of 59 in the world is the highest it’s ever been in his young career. Kudla could certainly climb up the rankings if he can put together some consistent performances, as he continues to struggle to get out of the first or second round in each tournament. Kudla is still trying to find his footing when it comes to singles play, but he certainly has the potential to have a breakout season at some point. Kudla has never made it out of the round 16 in Houston.
These two have played just once, which was last year in Atlanta, a match Isner won in three sets. This will be the first time these two meet on clay court.
While Kudla is no slouch, this is a match Isner should be able to win rather easily. Give me Isner for the victory, a win that he can use as a stepping stone to get back on track.