John Isner vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 27, 2019, 4:30 PM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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John Isner and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 81 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Isner won 74 percent of his total service points and won the two tiebreaks by a combined score of 14-8. Isner has won all six sets this tournament and has combined for 53 aces. It’s pretty much been classic Isner in this tournament by serving at an elite level and grinding out his opponent in an eventual tiebreak. Isner hopes to make the semifinals of the Miami Open for the third time in his career and a Masters 1000 semifinal for the sixth time since 2016. Isner has won eight of his last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a three sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 71 percent of his first serve points and 38 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 57 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Bautista-Agut showed great fight after dropping the first set 1-6, and he didn’t let poor games get to him, often taking control of the match right after being broken. Bautista-Agut is clearly a fighter, but it will be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank after playing two and a half hours of physical tennis. Bautista-Agut hopes to make the semifinals of a Masters 1000 for the third time in his career, his first in the Miami Open. Bautista-Agut has won four of his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Isner has won two of those matches. Bautista-Agut won the most recent match in Auckland of 2016. All three matches were decided in three sets.
Bautista-Agut deserves a lot of credit after beating Djokovic, but he has been a little iffy with his serve this tournament and his second serve is more than returnable, even for a guy like Isner. Speaking of Isner, he’s dominant on American soil and plays with an extra pep in his step. Isner is also back to serving at an elite level and any slip up from Bautista-Agut would be curtains. There’s also a possible fatigue factor for Bautista-Agut, who just played two and a half hours.
I’m going to side with Isner to make it back-to-back semifinal appearances in Miami.