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Maxime Cressy vs John Isner – First Round – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Australian Open

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THE FACTS

When is Maxime Cressy vs John Isner on and what time does it start? Maxime Cressy vs John Isner will take place on Tuesday 18th January, 2022 – not before 02:30 (UK)

Where is Maxime Cressy vs John Isner taking place? Maxime Cressy vs John Isner will take place at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia

What surface is Maxime Cressy vs John Isner being played on? Maxime Cressy vs John Isner will take place on an outdoor hard court

Where can I get tickets for Maxime Cressy vs John Isner? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Maxime Cressy vs John Isner

What channel is Maxime Cressy vs John Isner on in the UK? Maxime Cressy vs John Isner will be televised live on Eurosport

Where can I stream Maxime Cressy vs John Isner in the UK? Eurosport subscribers can stream Maxime Cressy vs John Isner live on their website, while Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

THE LOWDOWN

MAXIME CRESSY

24-year-old Maxime Cressy is creating a lot of hype right now and due to set a new career-high ATP world ranking of at least 71st after another impressive week. The American college product looks to be single-handedly attempting to revive the serve and volley game and it worked a treat last week at Melbourne 1 as he reached a first ATP tour final with victories over Reilly Opelka and Grigor Dimitrov before finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal. Cressy reached the second round here last season on his debut and he stunned then world number 12 Pablo Carreno Busta over five sets at the US Open late last year.

JOHN ISNER

World number 24 John Isner is entering his 15th year as a tennis professional with 16 ATP titles to his name after securing a record-extending sixth Atlanta Open last season. The 36-year-old struggled for form at the ATP Cup as part of Team USA, with defeats to Jan-Lennard Struff and Dan Evans in keeping with a poor recent record of 2-7 since beating Jannik Sinner at the Cincinnati Open. The big-serving veteran reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon back in 2018 before losing a deciding set tiebreak to Kevin Anderson 26-24 and his best result here is two round of 16 exits in 2010 and 2016.

THE PREDICTION

This match is likely to draw a lot of interest due to serve-and-volley throwback Maxime Cressy’s recent exploits in what should resemble a match from the 90s against big-serving John Isner. Both Americans are immensely powerful servers and that makes taking tiebreaks over a result here the easy way out of calling a winner, although on recent form Cressy looks the likelier man to come through in what could end up a marathon five-setter. At least one tiebreak here is a cautious move, two is a reasonable risk and three is a potentially valuable one-offer.

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