The top-ranked American John Isner appears to have shaken off his ankle sprain and safely through to the second round of the US Open, to the relief of his adoring fans and the hopes of American tennis thriving at Grand Slam tournaments. He will next meet Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff for a spot in the third round of the tournament.
Although it was not a complete one-sided affair, John Isner eased into the second round of the US Open with a 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(2) win over NCAA champion Marcos Giron. Isner struck 26 aces, 60 winners and won 86% of his first service points.
“I feel like I played well today,” said Isner. “I guess when you play someone who doesn’t have that much experience, especially on a big court, it can kind of happen one of two ways. At the beginning of the match he could come out and be really nervous and not play well and miss a lot, or he could play pretty well. That’s what I thought he did in the first set. I stuck with it.
“I played a great second set. I wish the third set would have been easier. I had a lot of chances. So if there’s one disappointing thing from today it’s not converting on those chances, especially in the third set. I had some in the first set, as well. But all in all, I’m happy with it in straight sets.”
Isner’s next obstacle on home soil is Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who impressively rallied from two sets down to defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. Struff hit 14 aces and won 77% of his first service points to close out the match in 3 hours and 13 minutes.
This will mark the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour. Isner will likely be a deserving favourite against Struff but should remain wary of the task at hand.
Prediction: John Isner in Four Sets