John Isner vs Juan Martin del Potro
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 4, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Isner +250/ del Potro -334 -- Over/Under:
John Isner will take on Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals of the 2018 US Open.
John Isner made it into the quarterfinals by beating Milos Raonic in a very exciting 5 set thriller. Both players played exceptionally well and Isner showed great determination to win the match. Isner’s biggest asset in that match was his serving as he hit 20 aces and only 1 double fault. Furthermore, Isner won 79% of the points played while he was serving which limited Raonic to only break his serve two times. As far as receiving was concerned, John Isner was solid enough as he managed to break serve 4 times. In terms of form, John Isner is looking very solid but his biggest cause for concern will be fatigue. In the past 3 rounds, John Isner has played 14 sets which is 5 sets more than Juan Martin del Potro. That being said, the home crowd has been behind Isner all tournament which has given the American a huge boost and that is likely to continue in this match.
On the other side of the court, Juan Martin del Potro enters this match having beaten Borna Coric in straight sets in the fourth round. Juan Martin del Potro dominated that match as broke serve 6 times and won 70% of the games. This match only lasted for 26 games which should be a big boost for del Potro since he should be fresh for his match against John Isner. Juan Martin del Potro has a terrific record at the US Open having won the tournament in 2009.
Isner and del Potro have met 11 times in the past with the Argentine winning of 7 occasions and the American winning 4 times. The most recent meeting was at the 2018 French Open where Juan Martin del Potro won in straight sets.
Although John Isner has been terrific and lifted the hopes of the crowd, I think he will be beaten in this match. Both players are in terrific form but del Potro is much fresher considering he has won his match with much more ease. With such a tight schedule and only a day between matches, fatigue is a big factor in these ties and that should result in Juan Martin del Potro making the semifinals.