Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. John Isner
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:30 AM (National Tennis Center)
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In the 2019 ATP China Open, John Isner has made it through to the quarterfinals. At this stage of the competition, John Isner will play against Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece.
John Isner enters this match having defeated Dan Evans in straight sets in the previous round. It was a solid performance by Isner where he controlled the match with his serving. John Isner hit 21 aces which helped him win 76% of his service points and 100% of his service games. The usual problem form John Isner is his receiving and that issue persisted in the previous round as the American only won 1 return game in the entire match. With Stefanos Tsitsipas as his opponent in this match, John Isner must improve his serving if he wishes to compete.
On the other side of the coin, Stefanos Tsitsipas had to battle for 3 sets to win his previous match. Tsitsipas lost the opening set but showed great determination to win the final 2 sets and the match. The serving was good from Tsitsipas as he won 70% of his service points which allowed him to win 93% of his service games. The receiving was also strong for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he won 3 return games. It has been a solid tournament for Stefanos Tsitsipas and considering his form in the previous 2 rounds, he will be confident in his ability to win.
John Isner and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played each other twice in the past with Isner winning on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at Wimbledon where John Isner won in straight sets.
This should be a close match since Isner’s serve is outstanding while Tsitsipas has exceptional skills in all aspects of the game. I am going to pick Stefanos Tsitsipas to win this match since Isner has received very poorly and I see that being a big issue against an elite player who can break any serve. Tsitsipas looks to have more to his game and I see him being too strong for Isner.