John Isner vs Jack Sock
July 29, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
Sixth seeded John Isner of the United States will face fellow American Jack Sock in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Atlanta Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday July 29th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined.
An “All-American” clash awaits us at the Atlanta Open, and it is one that is sure to excite all the local American fans. Sixth seeded John Isner will face fellow ATP Tour veteran and countryman Jack Sock for a spot in the Quarter-Finals. Both men have had a difficult past few seasons as they have struggled with injuries and loss of form, so it is nice to see them back competing at the highest level. Who will get the win and advance here in Atlanta?
John Isner is the sixth seed here at the Atlanta Open and is ranked 35 in the ATP world rankings. The American veteran has had a long and successful career that seemed to be on the decline at one point, but he has had some strong results lately, showing that there is still life yet. His big serve remains an elite weapon on the ATP Tour, and by default that will allow him to always remain competitive in this match. His opponent Jack Sock has not had much success over the past few seasons, and Isner should be considered the big favorite to advance here in Atlanta.
Jack Sock is unseeded here at the 2021 Atlanta Open and is currently ranked 201, a far cry from his career-high ranking #8. He has had a torrid time over the past few years with injuries and is finally starting to string some consistent results together. He had a tough three set win over Ricardas Berankis in the First Round, and it was heartening to see him able to last through a long and grueling match like that. His forehand is his main weapon, and he will be looking to that and his serve to be clicking if he is to have any chance here. It really is simple, this match will come down to how well he returns and if he is able to break the Isner serve.
This will be the ninth time that the two players have met on Tour, with John Isner leading the head to head 5-3. While Jack Sock impressed me with his win over Berankis, I have serious doubts about his fitness levels, and I don’t think that he will have enough left in the tank to mount a serious challenge. Even if fit, Sock would be the big underdog here against Isner due to his long struggles, and I am expecting Isner to take control of this match with his serve and win in two tight sets. Sock is good enough to cause some trouble early, but it is unlikely that he can sustain it long enough. John Isner to win and advance to the Quarter-Finals here in Atlanta.