Given the speed of the Shanghai surface, I expect a flash match between young Australian Alex De Minaur and American John Isner in the first round of the Chinese tournament, which is part of the long-awaited Masters.
Alex De Minaur
▪️The only 20-year-old Australian player is currently ranked 24th in the ATP rankings, the highest position in his career.
▪️This season he managed to win the Atlanta tournament in July, respectively the tournament in Zhuhai, China, two weeks ago.
▪️At the US Open he achieved a solid result, reaching the stage of the finals, and in Asia he continued with the same extremely high level of tennis.
▪️The best-ranked American player in the ATP circuit currently occupies the 17th position, being in search of improving this position through a remarkable result in this tournament.
▪️Before taking a break from the entire slag season, John Isner managed to get to the final act of the Miami Masters tournament.
▪️The last part of the season did not bring any remarkable results for the high American player, being defeated in the third round at the US Open, while last week, in Beijing, he left the competition in the quarterfinals, defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
▫️The two players have met so far only once, in 2018, in the tournament in Atlanta, where John Isner clearly prevailed, 6-3 6-2.
Alex de Minaur: Player form, news and statistics
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Alex De Minaur currently holds the best position in the world rankings – 24 ATP. He has climbed vertiginously in the last 6 weeks, following the finals of the US Open and the title won at ATP Zhuhai. It was the third trophy of the year awarded by the Australian, who has a very good game on the bottom line. Even if he does not have much force in the execution, De Minaur is excellent on the field and his acceleration with the forehand is surprising. After the final won in China with Adrian Mannarino, Alex couldn’t keep up – he lost in the inaugural round in Tokyo with Lloyd Harris. Alex took part in the double race in Shanghai, where he made a pair with the Spanish Ramos-Vinolas. The two were defeated Sunday by Americans Isner and Querrey (7-6, 7-6).
John Isner: Player form, news and statistics
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The 34-year-old is having a pretty good season, even though he is under 2018. John is 17th in the ATP and will not be able to repeat the performance at the end of last year, when he qualified for the London Champions Tournament. Isner missed the entire slag season due to an injury. On hard and grass the American can better value his service. He arrived for the second year in a row in the Miami Masters final, this year being defeated by Roger Federer. Isner won the title in Newport (grass) and had 3 semifinals in a row: New York (indoor), Delray Beach and Acapulco. Big John recently gave up last week in Beijing after a tough fight with Stefanos Tsitsipas. The US athlete got used to the conditions in Shanghai after the double match, won on Sunday with Sam Querrey.
🎾Statistics of the direct matches Alex de Minaur vs John Isner
▫️Isner won the only straight game in Atlanta last year, 6-3, 6-2.
🎾What is the shape of the players in the last 5 matches?
- Alex De Minaur
- Last result: 1-2 against Lloyd George Harris (Tokyo – hard)
- Shape: L W W W W
▪️The 20-year-old Australian, Alex De Minaur, 25th in the ATP standings, is present for the second time in his career on the main panel of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, ATP 1000 tournament, organized in China. A year ago, he stopped in the sixteenth round of the competition, being defeated by the German Alexander Zverev by 1-6, 4-6.
▪️Winner of the Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships, ATP 250 tournament, played in Zhuhai, after 7-6, 6-4 in the final against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, 43rd place ATP, De Minaur was eliminated by world number 99, South ▪️African Lloyd George Harris , since the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, in Tokyo, Japan.
- John Isner
- Last result: 0-2 vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (Beijing – hard)
- Shape: L W W L L
▪️American tennis player John Isner, 34, ranked 19th in the ATP hierarchy, returns to the Shanghai Masters main board after just one year of absence. In 2017, the player born in Greensboro, United States, was eliminated by Serb Viktor ▪️Troicki, in the sixteenth round of the tournament, score 4-6, 6-7.
▪️After the elimination suffered in the Chengdu Open, ATP 250, 7-6, 6-7, 6-7 tournament in front of Belarus Egor Gerasimov, Isner ticked off a presence in the quarterfinals of the China Open, an ATP 500 tournament also organized in China , in Beijing, where he gave up 6-7 and 3-6 in the company of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7th place ATP.
🎾News, analysis, statistics and progress about the 2 players.
▫️He also participates in the double competition, where he pairs with the Spanish Albert Ramos Vinolas.
▫️It ranks 137th ATP in the double ranking.
▫️He won three ATP trophies this year in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.
▫️He has won 24 of the 33 matches played on the hard surface in 2019.
▫️81% represents the percentage of games won by the Australian on his own service.
▫️He is present for the ninth time in his career on the main board of the Shanghai Masters.
▫️It has not, so far, exceeded the sixteenth round of the tournament.
▫️He also participates in the double competition, where, together with Sam Querrey, Alex De Minaur / Albert Ramos Vinolas will meet in the first round.
▫️He has 17 ATP trophies, the last one won this year, on the grass in Newport.
▫️Isner has won 20 of the 33 matches played on the hard surface in 2019.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Alex De Minaur vs John Isner
I think this will be a balanced duel, despite the speed of the match, it is expected that the two players will easily win their service games, and the sets will most likely be decided by tiebreakers. The moral advantage of the live match recommends John Isner in this match, but the momentum is on the side of the Australian who comes after a winning tournament, at Zhuhai. In front of John Isner this will not matter much, the match will be decided after a few small details.
Prediction Today: Over 10.5 games in the first set
The American managed to prevail in the only previous direct match with his younger opponent. Also, John won against De Minaur two days ago in the Shanghai double test. The Australian will have good chances in the points that will be long, but if Isner will serve at his usual pace, I find it hard to believe he will give up a break. I chose the bet with +2.5 handicap games because it can come out even if Isner loses the game in two sets decided to tiebreak. Success!
Bet Tips: John Isner +2.5 handicap games