John Isner vs. Marin Cilic - 8/31/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

John Isner vs. Marin Cilic - 8/31/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Marin Cilic vs. John Isner

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM (Flushing Meadows)

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American tennis superstar, John Isner has continued his outstanding form at the US Open as he has made it through to the third round. At this stage of the tournament, John Isner is set to play against Marin Cilic from Croatia. 

John Isner was outstanding in his previous match as he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. As usual, Isner impressed with his serving as he hit 22 aces which helped him win 73% of his service points. Isner only hit 1 double fault in the entire match which made it impossible for his opponent to take advantage of his serve. Isner also won 2 return games to secure to win. Isner has been in good form lately as he won the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships last month. The US Open has always been a strong tournament for John Isner as he seems to be boosted by the support he receives on home soil. Considering his record at this venue and his current form, John Isner will be tough to beat. 


On the other side of the coin, Marin Cilic won his previous match in 4 sets. It was a close match but Cilic won the match with his strong receiving. Marin Cilic won 38% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. While the receiving was strong, Cilic has issues with his serve. Marin Cilic his 11 double faults and allowed his serve to be broken on 3 occasions. With Isner as his opponent in this match, Marin Cilic must improve his serve if he wishes to compete. 

Marin Cilic and John Isner have played each other 11 times in the past. Isner has won on 3 occasions while Cilic has won 8 times. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the ATP Finals where Cilic won in 3 sets. Isner last defeated Cilic in 2018 at the Miami Masters. 

Marin Cilic is an elite player and has an outstanding record but I see him losing this match. John Isner is playing on home soil and the American seems to have all the momentum on his side. Isner has been outstanding in this tournament and I see him being good enough to win this match and secure a spot in the fourth round. 


Aviijoy’s Pick John Isner

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.