TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as Andrey Rublev (6) meets John Isner in the Round of 16 on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.
Will John Isner finally be able to have a straight forward match after two extremely tight matches here at the 2021 Madrid Open? Will Andrey Rublev come out in better form after his very tight match against Tommy Paul in the Round of 32? Both players can win this match if on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-finals. Who will it be?
John Isner had to fight for every single point in the Round of 32 against the local crowds favourite and in form Roberto Bautista Agut, beating the Spaniard in 3 sets 6-4/6-7/7-6. John Isner showed great composure throughout the entire match even with the crowd not really behind him, and although he only managed to convert 1 of 10 break points, he was able to steal the match in the final set tiebreak, saving a match point on RBA’s serve along the way. John Isner will be happy with that victory, but he knows that if he wants to progress further here at the 2021 Madrid Open, he will need to raise his level as the draw is now filled with the best of the best, such as his next opponent, Andrey Rublev.
Andrey Rublev had to battle for a very long time in his first match here in the Round of 32, beating the American Tommy Paul in 3 sets 6-7/6-3/6-4. In the first set, Andrey Rublev went ahead 3 times with a break, but was broken back 3 times by Paul who was able to eventually steal the set in the tiebreak (where he was also down 1-5!). Andrey Rublev, however, showed us that he is never down and out until the match is finished. Now, in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Madrid Open, I am sure that Andrey Rublev will feel that his powerful game and incredible movement around the court will allow him to get the better of John Isner.
Andrey Rublev and John Isner have met 1 time before, with John Isner leading the head to head 1-0. They last met at the 2015 Miami Open where Isner won in straight sets 6-3/6-4. However, that match was 6 years ago, and since then, Andrey Rublev has become one of the best players in the world, and a certified Top 10 player for the majority of his career in the future. John Isner can definitely keep this match close as he always does with his huge serve, but Rublev will make him move around the court more than RBA did. This could be a 3-setter, but I will just stick with Andrey Rublev to win here and make his way to the Quarter-finals of the 2021 Madrid Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Andrey Rublev to Win.