Top ranked American John Isner will begin his campaign at his home Slam on Tuesday afternoon on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Marcos Giron, whom he has never encountered previously on the professional tour. Considering he is coming off a sprained ankle that forced him to abruptly end his US Open tune-up, all eyes will be on Isner to see if he can maintain American homes in New York.
Following his title win at the Atlanta Open to kick off the US Open Series, Isner lost in the opening round in Washington and Toronto to Steve Johnson and Ivan Dodig respectively. They were surprising losses considering his form just weeks before. He improved in Cincinnati and picked up wins over Kevin Anderson and Marinko Matosevic before losing to Andy Murray in a highly competitive three-set encounter.
Things went from bad to worse for the American in New Haven, where he was forced to withdraw from the quarter-finals due to a sprained ankle, which he injured on Wednesday night during his third round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.
His opponent, Marcos Giron, went 6-3 over three Challenger events before arriving in Cincinnati, where he lost his opening round match to Adrian Mannarino. He would work his way through the Winston-Salem qualifying round but dropped his opener to Aleksandr Nedovyesov soon afterwards.
This is the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and should be a contest that favours the top-ranked American. Barring any surprising circumstances or his injury acting up, Isner should go through to the second round in straight sets.
Prediction: John Isner in Straight Sets