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Though John Isner isn’t playing at his best level in 2018, his record in home conditions cannot be taken for granted. He entered nine tournaments in the USA last season, won the title at Atlanta and Newport, made the semifinal at Cincinnati Masters, quarterfinal at Houston and Memphis and third round at the US Open. He even won his previous two matches against Hyeon Chung that was contested in the USA (leads H2H 2-1).
Hyeon Chung News
Hyeon Chung scored a dominant straight sets win over Joao Sousa to move into the quarterfinal of Miami Open for the first time in his career (four appearances). He won 83% of his first-serve points and lost just ten points on serve in the entire match, 6-4 6-3.
This will be the Korean’s sixth consecutive quarterfinal of the season. Apart from facing a second-round exit in Brisbane (first week of January, vs. Kyle Edmund), he has managed to reach the quarterfinal in all other tournaments, at Auckland, Australian Open, Delray Beach, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami.
Hyeon Chung’s only previous quarterfinal at this level (Masters 1000) came at the Indian Wells earlier this month where he was a bit unfortunate after being drawn against Roger Federer, but the Korean will fancy his chances in Miami this week (vs. John Isner).
John Isner News
The Next Gen Star’s serve is yet to be broken this week, having won 26 consecutive games (on serve) against the likes of Michael Mmoh, Matthew Ebden, and Joao Sousa. It’s not something John Isner would like to see considering his level of play in the return games.
For the eighth time (8/11), a match between John Isner and Marin Cilic finished in straight sets with the American securing only his third win over the Croatian. Isner served 12 aces, won 85% of his first serve points and did not expose a single break point opportunity on his serve during the win, 7-6 6-3.
John Isner once made the quarterfinal of Miami in 2015 where he defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets. His most recent quarterfinal match at this level ended in a three sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro in the Paris Masters.
The big-serving American made a worrying start to the season, and he could not win back to back matches until the Miami Open (this fortnight). Though he got a kind draw (Jiri Vesely- Unfit and Mikhail Youzhny- out of form) in Miami, the straight set against the World #3 Marin Cilic would have raised his confidence level.
Tennis Prediction: Hyeon Chung to win the match