John Isner and Sam Querrey will be facing each other for the sixth time in their careers when they collide in round two of the ASB Classic on Wednesday evening. Querrey leads the head-to-head series 4-1 at the expense of his good friend and occasional doubles partner, including 3-1 on hard courts. But they have squared off only twice in Isner’s favorite settings–outdoor hard courts–and they have split those meetings at one win apiece. Isner prevailed 7-6(3), 6-4 at the 2010 Indian Wells Masters before Querrey won a 2015 Cincinnati first-round clash via a 6-3, 7-6(3) decision. In the latter contest, however, Isner was hobbled by a knee injury and struggled to move from start to finish. Check out the Isner vs Querrey Head to Head results.
Querrey also benefited from an opponent’s misfortune on Tuesday in Auckland, as Aljaz Bedene retired three games into the third set after blowing five match points in the second. Querrey led 6-7(5), 7-6(10), 2-1 when the Brit called it quits. The American is struggling down at No. 60 in the world–way behind Isner (11th), who was an alternate last season at the World Tour Finals.
The 28-year-old’s ranking pales in comparison to that of Isner, who was an alternate at the World Tour Finals last season and currently stands at No. 11. Isner turned in such a productive 2015 campaign despite enduring a slow, injury-plagued start to the year. He could not even play in Auckland and he won a mere three matches in total prior to the Indian wells Masters.
Missing this tournament last season had to be tough on Isner, because it is arguably his favorite outside the United States. The 6’10”American is an outstanding 12-2 lifetime in Auckland with two titles and no losses prior to the quarterfinals. All signs point to the No. 3 seed starting to turn the tide of his singles series against Querrey.
Prediction: Isner in straight sets