Muller vs. Isner
|Date & Time||Saturday July 29, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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John Isner and Gilles Muller meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Atlanta Open.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Lukas Lacko that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 86 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Isner has had a season full of struggles, but he’s starting to find his form by winning his last 12 sets and has not been broken in his first two matches this tournament. Of course, when Isner is serving to his ability, he’s one of the tougher players to play and really puts pressure on his opponent to keep his head in the game given the long matches. The American can hope he can carry this momentum into the US Open. Isner hopes to make his second final appearance of the season and 24th of his career. Isner has won five of his last eight matches on hard court.
Gilles Muller is coming off a straight sets win over Tommy Paul that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Muller won 76 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Muller is playing in his first tournament since making the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon and is coming off a match in which he won 45 percent of his return points. Muller has been sharp on his return, breaking six times in his last four sets. Muller has now made at least the semifinals in three of his last four tournaments, as he’s building on what his been the best year of his career at 34 years old. Muller looks to make his fourth final appearance of the season and ninth of his career. Muller has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played five times and Isner has won three of those matches. The most recent match was in the 2016 Queen's Club Championships, a match Muller won in three sets. Isner’s last win over Muller came in the 2012 Memphis Open.
While these two have played just five times, there’s been a truckload of tiebreaks and long matches. It really comes down to who makes that one mistake or two, as the margin for error is slim here. However, Isner is starting to find his form now that USA play has started, and he usually plays his best when he has that home crowd behind him. Isner has also been sharper with his serve than Muller, and that’s always key.
I like Isner to advance to the final.