French Open 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas v John Isner Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 06/03/2021, 7:35 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas recently defeated Pedro Martinez in the second round of the French Open 2021. The Greek player dominated the entire match and thrashed his opponent in straight sets. Having ended the match with a final scoreline of 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, he will now advance to the third round to face John Isner.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas v John Isner: Preview

Tsitsipas has been absolutely brilliant at the French Open 2021. He hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament so far and has delivered some quite amazing performances. In his second-round match against Martinez, the Greek enjoyed a win percentage of a whopping 61% on his second serve.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021. John Isner of the U.S. in action during his quarter-final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Isner, too, has enjoyed tremendous success at Roland Garros this year. The American is yet to drop a set and has defeated the likes of Sam Querrey and Filip Krajinovic in the two rounds so far.

While Tsitsipas will be looking to find an answer to Isner’s high and well-directed serves, the latter will surely devise a strategy to counter the formers’ deadly forehands. The Greek player has used them to find momentum during the whole clay-court season and hits them at a really quick speed.

Stefanos Tsitsipas v John Isner: Head-to-Head

The two have faced each other on five occasions before this, with Tsitsipas leading the battle 3-2 right now. Interestingly, it’ll be the first time they cross paths on clay.

Their last meeting was in the pre-quarters of the Mexican Open 2021, where Tsitsipas crushed Isner in straight sets. Intriguingly, it is the former who has emerged as the winner in their last three encounters.

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Tsitsipas v Isner: Prediction

Even though Isner is in great form at the moment, it’ll be really hard for him to stop Tsitsipas. The World No.5 has played some really good tennis this season and has been quite successful on clay. At the most, Isner can stretch it to the fourth set but it is highly unlikely that the 22-year-old will lose the match.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. April 15, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his third-round match against Chile’s Cristian Garin REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Isner can only give some tough competition if he manages to serve well consistently. He has delivered a lot of aces this season and will look forward to carrying his momentum against Tsitsipas as well.

Fans are really exhilarated about this blockbuster clash between Tsitsipas and Isner at Roland Garros 2021. Will Tsitsipas be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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