Top seed and American No. 1 John Isner will begin his campaign in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, where he will meet Robby Ginepri for the fourth time on the professional tour. Isner leads the head-to-head series 2-1.
World No. 12 John Isner most recently reached the quarter-final round of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, where he defeated Wayne Odesnik and Austin Krajicek before losing to Jack Sock.
Prior to returning to the States, Isner was coming off a third round exit at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. He defeated Daniel Smethurs and Jarkko Nieminen before losing to Feliciano Lopez in the third round of the tournament. Prior to that, he was coming off a fourth round exit at the French Open.
With a 23-12 record so far this season, Isner will look to work his way back into the Top 10 after falling to No. 12 over the past few months. He generally performs well at the US Open Series, which is the stretch of events beginning with this week’s BT&T Atlanta Open and culminates with the final Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open.
“It’s been a stretch of the season where in the past I’ve done extremely well, and it’s helped my season out quite a bit,” Isner said on a recent conference call. “Obviously, the main goal is you want to play a lot of matches, you want to win a lot of matches, but you want to be 100 percent ready for the big one in New York. So for me I’m taking it a tournament at a time.”
Isner’s first opponent this week in Atlanta will be fellow American Robby Ginepri, who defeated resurgent Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. The American won the opening set in a tiebreak after each competitor dropped serve once. He would lose focus in the second set but recovered to win a bagel in the third to reach the second round of the tournament.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Isner leading the head-to-head series 2-1. Ginepri’s sole win took place back in 2009 at Indianapolis, but has since been unable to overcome Isner. This will be the first time they meet on the tour since 2011.
Prediction: John Isner in Three Sets
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