2020 ASB Classic – John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren taking place? ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

When is John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren on? e.g. Tuesday 14th January, 2020 – not before TBD

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

Where can I stream John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren? TennisTV subscribers may be able to stream the match via their platform

Where can I get tickets for John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren? Click here to reach the ticket section of the official ASB Classic website

Who won the last meeting between John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren? John Isner beat Tennys Sandgren 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

JOHN ISNER

  • John Isner was part of a disappointing campaign for the USA at the inaugural ATP Cup over the last fortnight in which he lost all three of his singles matches to Casper Ruud, Fabio Fognini and Daniil Medvedev.
  • 34-year-old Isner appears to be on the wind-down proper now from his best form and the world number 20 is likely to fall steadily down the rankings over the next few months.
  • Isner was the winner the last time he faced compatriot Tennys Sandgren, also on a hard court, in a three-set slog at the Stockholm Open in 2018.

TENNYS SANDGREN

  • World number 101 Tennys Sandgren reached a career-high 41st in the ATP world rankings this time last year was hampered by injuries in the last third of the year despite good showings at Wimbledon and the US Open.
  • Sandgren is the surprise reigning champion of the ASB Classic in Auckland after he beat Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the final last year in a tournament campaign he completed without losing a set.
  • 28-year-old Sandgren started off the new decade with a loss to Corentin Moutet in Doha but he defeated New Zealander Michael Venus in the first round to get his title defence underway.

THE PREDICTION

There are some factors to this match that don’t make it a sure-win for world number 20 John Isner, not least the big-serving American veteran’s poor ATP Cup form. It is surprising that these two countrymen have not faced each other more than just the once, but with one baseline slog of three tiebreaks for evidence, this match could well follow suit – in favour of Sandgren this time. While you would expect Isner to find an extra gear for next week’s Australian Open, Tennys Sandgren is here in Auckland defending the only title of his career. Isner will be the favourite, but do not be surprised if the younger American takes this.

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