2020 Australian Open – John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro? Light rain expected, 21c

What channel is John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between John Isner and Thiago Monteiro? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

JOHN ISNER

  • Big-serving John Isner did not have the best of times in 2019 and enters this season ranked at number 20 in the world, a position which he has not been as low since he was ranked at number 21 in July 2017.
  • The American loves the hard court and has won 10 titles on this surface but this tournament has not given him much joy of late and he will need to overturn some poor performances at this venue.
  • Isner has in fact lost in the first round in his last two appearances in the Australian Open and has never progressed beyond the round of 16 with him only reaching that stage twice in his career.

THIAGO MONTEIRO

  • Thiago Monteiro takes part in just his second Australian Open having failed to make it to the first round proper in the previous two years and the 25-year-old will be eager to make an impression against John Isner.
  • Monteiro starts this season sitting 12 spots in the world rankings behind his highest ever position of 74 that he achieved in February 2017 but has shown signs that he can go beyond that at some stage this season.
  • A win in this first round contest would aid that but he will have to deal with the big serve of John Isner with Monteiro meeting the American for the first time and he will also have to overcome a 5-20 record on the hard court.

THE PREDICTION

Thiago Monteiro faces a tough test in just his second Australian Open and it could be a short stay in Melbourne for the Brazilian. John Isner stands in his way and having won just five ATP Tour matches on the hard court, Isner is likely to pose a major challenge for him. The American loves this surface and although he has never really played to his best in this tournament, he should be able to advance to the second round.

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