The night session will take place between two players with wildly differing experience at the year ending ATP World Tour Finals. World No.1 Novak Djokovic is seeking his sixth title at this event while John Isner is a debutant, having made it in as the result Rafael Nadal’s late withdrawal due to injury. The dynamic of this group has changed somewhat with Roger Federer’s opening match loss leaving the door open for the Swiss to advance as second in the group and presenting a possible Djokovic-Federer match in the semi finals instead. Check out the Djokovic vs Isner H2H stats.
Isner’s appearance here comes as the result of years of had work. He had flirted with the top 10 on a number of occasions previously but had not managed to turn that into an appearance at the year ending tournament. “”I think over the last 9-10 years I’ve been very consistent. I’ve been between No. 10 and No. 19 that entire time. But this year, it wasn’t so much that I was super consistent with my results. It was that I had 3-4 big results.” he said. Winning the title at Indian Wells and making the semis at Wimbledon were among those results he refers too, the latter ending with a memorable marathon match loss.
Djokovic suffered a minor blip in Canada but since then it has been full steam ahead for the Serbian, who won titles in Cincinnati, New York and Shanghai before losing in the final of the Paris Masters. Some of that can be put down to his outstanding serving, which a recent ATP article noted he is maintaining hold percentage at above 90% from Wimbledon onwards. It’s a far cry from the player we saw at the start of the year, struggling to make his return to being the best player in the game. “I thought it would take more time than I wanted it to be. But it was a perfect last five months of the year with two Grand Slam titles. Unfortunately, Nadal had to withdraw from all of his tournaments after the US Open so he was not in that race for No. 1. But at the same time, I thought it was a great five months that I crowned with this achievement.” he said.
He is on a 5 match winning streak against Isner although they have not played since 2015. Despite his winning streak finally ending in Paris, the Serbian is playing at an incredibly high level and it’s hard to see anyone defeating him this week. He is the heavy favourite to now tie Federer’s record at this event and can further extend his points lead in the ATP World Tour rankings.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets