2019 Shanghai Masters – Lucas Pouille vs John Isner Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Lucas Pouille vs John Isner taking place? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

When is Lucas Pouille vs John Isner on and what time does it start? Wednesday 9th October, 2019 - 05:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Lucas Pouille vs John Isner? Partly cloudy, 24c

What channel is Lucas Pouille vs John Isner on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Lucas Pouille vs John Isner? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Lucas Pouille vs John Isner? http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/

THE LOWDOWN

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LUCAS POUILLE

  • Lucas Pouille had to fight back from a set down in his first-round match with Chinese world number 231 Zhe Li, but managed to win the remaining sets 6-4, 6-4.
  • The Frenchman moved up two places to 22nd in the ATP world rankings following a good showing at the Japan Open before his kryptonite, Novak Djokovic, destroyed him in the quarter-finals.
  • 25-year-old Pouille is a talent on hard courts and has reached four quarter-finals or above on the surface this year, losing to Djokovic in three of them.

JOHN ISNER

  • John Isner overcame the challenge of in-form youngster Alex de Minaur to come through their first-round match in straight sets and did not face a break point throughout.
  • 34-year-old Isner put in a vintage performance against De Minaur, registering an astonishing 18 aces with no double faults and a 78% win percentage on his second serve.
  • Despite an injury-ridden season, the American is on his way back up the rankings, rising two places this week to 17th, with a 29-16 record for 2019 and a title at the hard-court Hall of Fame Open.

THE PREDICTION

John Isner can no longer be ignored as a deep-run candidate for tournaments after a difficult 2019 seems to be ending on a high for the big-serving American. He reached the quarter-finals at last week’s China Open before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas and has every chance of beating Lucas Pouille here, who struggled to put away inferior competition in the first round. The Frenchman has all the talent but needs to work on his game management, and veteran Isner is the epitome of control in these early rounds.

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