After picking up straight set wins in his first two matches at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, John Isner is through to the quarter-final round, where he will meet fellow American and recent Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock for a spot in the final four of the tournament. Isner leads the head-to-head series 3-0 and will look to maintain that undefeated streak to further his campaign.
World No. 12 John Isner began his week in Newport with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win against fellow American Wayne Odesnik and followed up with another comfortable win against Austin Krajicek, who had defeated Tim Zmyczek in the opening round of the tournament. The path is riddled with tougher matches from here onwards for Isner, as he could potentially face Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-final round.
‘I’ve won a lot of matches here the last three, four years,” said John Isner after his 6-3, 7-6 first-round win. “I love this tournament. I hope I can keep moving on in the draw, and hope I can be here for the weekend.”
Following a highly unexpected fortnight at the Wimbledon Championships that concluded in a doubles crown and a victory over the Bryan Brothers in a thrilling five-set battle, Jack Sock is back in singles action and continued his fine form with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow American Alex Kuznetsov. He would follow up with a 7-5, 6-2 win against Rajeev Ram, whom he struck 12 aces against to defeat in 78 minutes.
This is the fourth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Isner leading the series with an unblemished 3-0 record. While Sock is riding some incredible momentum, it is unlikely to benefit him much in singles action, as he is yet to solve the Isner serving riddle. He may manage a set but I doubt he can close out the upset win.
Prediction: John Isner in Three Sets