On Friday, John Isner and Sebastian Korda, two fellow countrymen, will compete in the third round of the 2022 Western & Southern Open.
Isner started his Cincinnati campaign with a gruelling three-set victory over Benjamin Bonzi in the opening round. In the second round, he faced Hubert Hurkacz, the Canadian Open’s runner-up from the previous week. Isner broke serve for the first time in the match at the beginning of the third set, which he quickly won 3-0. In the final game of the match, he held onto his lead and broke his opponent’s serve to win 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-2.
In the second round, Sebastian Korda faced off against Frances Tiafoe, another American. In the opening set, the 22-year-old went down 3-1 and was unable to catch up. At 5-3, he survived a set point on his own serve, but then he lost the match. In the second set, Korda significantly improved, winning five straight games to take the match. The younger American tied the score right away after Tiafoe went up a break to begin the third set and lead 2-0. At 5-3 and again in the following game, Tiafoe averted a couple of match points, but Korda eventually won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 on his fifth match point.
John Isner v Sebastian Korda Match Details
Date: August 19th
Round: Round of 16
Venue: Cincinnati, USA
Category: ATP 1000
Prize money: $970,020
John Isner v Sebastian Korda head to head record
Korda leads Isner 2-0 in the head-to-head. He won their previous encounter at the 2021 Delray Beach Open in three sets.
John Isner v Sebastian Korda Prediction
Isner’s weaknesses are fully exploitable by Korda as a player. The 22-year-old knows how to handle his compatriot’s game and handles his opponent’s booming serve fairly well. He has also won both of their previous meetings. It would be foolish to entirely write out the seasoned Isner in this match because Korda is expected to prevail once more, but this is a match of razor-thin margins.
Prediction: Korda to win in straight sets
John Isner Last three performances
- Cincinnati Masters: Round of 32- b. Hurkacz 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-2
- Cincinnati Masters: Round of 64- b. Bonzi 7-6(11), 3-6, 7-6(4)
- Atlanta Open: Quarterfinal- l. Brooksby 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
Sebastian Korda Last three performances
- Cincinnati Masters: Round of 32- b. Tiafoe 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
- Cincinnati Masters: Round of 64- b. Khachanov 6-3, 6-4
- Citi Open: Quarterfinal- l. Ymer 2-6, 7-5, 3-6
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV