For the first time on the ATP World Tour, an interesting encounter between Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner is scheduled to take place in the third round of the Miami Open on Monday. Given that this their first ever career meeting, it will be interesting to see who prevails at this Masters 1000 event.
Seeded ninth at the Miami Open, Grigor Dimitrov defeated Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil in straight sets to secure his opening win at the tournament. Following his less than stellar outing at Indian Wells, his 6-2, 6-2 win over Vasek was a much better display. He won 91% of his first service points and converted all four of his break point opportunities to close out the match in exactly 59 minutes.
In a similarly straightforward affair, John Isner defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets to earn his place in the third round of the tournament. He struck a timid seven aces, won 96% of his first service points and converted both the break points he earned to close out the match 6-3, 6-4 in 61 minutes. Given that he is coming off his best showing at Indian Wells, it will be interesting to see if the American can pull off a similar showing in Miami.
“I knew it was a match I needed to be focused for,” said Isner. “I needed to come out ready to play, because he’s a talented, very talented kid. Anything can happen. It was a tough match, but I played pretty well. I did what I needed to do.”
This is set to be the first time that Isner and Dimitrov will meet on the ATP World Tour. Given that both have had comfortable outings so far in Miami, it is difficult to gauge who will have the advantage but this is likely a match that will require a deciding set to crown a victor.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets