Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. John Isner - 2021 Acapulco Open Round of 16
Wednesday March 18th, 2021 / 12:00am EST
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Top seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece faces unseeded American John Isner in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Acapulco Open in Mexico. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday March 18th, 2021 at approximately 12:00am EST.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently ranked #5 in the ATP world rankings, and has established himself as a global superstar. He has gotten off to a solid start here in 2021, most notably with a five set upset win over Rafael Nadal in the Quarter-Finals of the Australian Open. Tsitsipas has also started strongly here, dispatching Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-1, dominating the Frenchman with his big serve and powerful groundstrokes. He will be very eager to do well here after a disappointing week in Marseille, and will be very confident of claiming his first title of the year. He is the huge favorite here against John Isner and is the main contender for the title at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
John Isner is currently ranked #27 but is a former top 10 player. Having fallen off a bit recently due to injury, he will be eager to produce a strong showing here to get his career back on track. He missed almost the entire 2020 season due to injury and COVID-19 concerns, and didn't play the Australian leg of the 2021 season. Despite the long layoff, he was very impressive in his First Round win over Salvatore Caruso, winning 6-4, 6-3. Isner is heavily reliant on his serve, which is one of the best in ATP history and will be looking to that as he seeks to upset Stefanos Tsitsipas. He enters this match as the underdog and it will take a big effort from him to get the win here.
While John Isner can never be counted out due to his huge serve, it is very unlikely that he will be able to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas here. Tsitsipas has taken his game to a whole new level, and is firmly established as a top player. At least one tiebreaker is a likely scenario, with some huge serving from both players. Isner has the quality and experience to keep it close, but expect Stefanos Tsitsipas to get the win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Acapulco Open.