Del Potro vs. Isner
|Date & Time||Monday June 13, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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John Isner and Juan Martin Del Potro meet in the round of 32 at the 2016 Queen's Club Championships.
John Isner is coming off a fourth round appearance in the French Open and will be double dipping in this tournament with his partner Marcin Matkowski. Isner has been trying to find himself for a while after a shaky start to the 2016 season, and he looked sharp in the French until he ran into a red hot Andy Murray. There’s really no secret with Isner, as he’s extremely tough to beat when his service game is on point and those aces are flying. However, Isner isn’t as effective on grass and his serve hasn’t been consistent lately. Isner has split his last eight matches on grass.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a semifinals appearance at the Mercedes Cup and is also playing doubles this tournament with his partner Marcelo Melo. Del Potro has been hit or miss recently, as he’s still recovering from wrist injuries and trying to work his way out of the top-200. It’s been awhile since Del Potro was a top-10 player, but consistent runs in tournaments like this could put him back on the map and build some much needed confidence. The good news for Del Potro is that he hasn’t lost back-to-back matches since the 2015 Miami Masters, so he should be feeling good about his chances here. Del Potro has won 11 of his last 14 matches on grass.
These two played five times in the past, and Del Porto has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2013 Cincinnati Masters, a match Isner won in three long sets. Three of the other four matches took place in 2011 or earlier.
The head to head doesn’t mean much given the lack of recent matches between these two. I don’t know what to think of Del Potro, as he’s the more talented player but is still struggling with consistency. Isner and his service game always give him a chance to win.
So, in a toss up, I’m siding with the American.