TennisSection previews the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open as John Isner takes on Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022.
Will John Isner put behind the ATP Cup disappointment in Sydney? Or will Thanasi Kokkinakis keep up his brilliant start to 2022 at the Adelaide 2 Open? The Aussie enters this contest as a slight favorite according to the oddsmakers, but betting against Isner on a hard court is not always a wise choice.
John Isner opened up his 2022 campaign at the ATP Cup. He gave the USA the perfect start when he defeated Brayden Schnur in singles. Likewise, Taylor Fritz produced an upset win over Felix Auger-Aliassime to clinch the tie over the Canadians. Incredibly, they did not win another tie and only managed one more win in singles. They finished bottom of their group. Isner will now take part at the Adelaide 2 Open this week in an effort to give himself some momentum ahead of the Australian Open. Isner has only made the second week of the year’s first Grand Slam on two occasions, the last of which came in 2016.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, meanwhile, comes into Wednesday’s match in terrific form. Kokkinakis has relied on wild cards to play on home soil due to his low ATP ranking. The World No. 145 will compete at the Australian Open next week, and judging by his immaculate ball striking, none of the Top 32 seeds will want to draw the 25-year-old right out of the gate. Kokkinakis has made a brilliant start to 2022. He reached the Adelaide 1 Open semifinals this past week, losing to eventual champion Gael Monfils. He made it four wins from five following his opening round victory over Benoit Paire at the Adelaide 2 Open on Tuesday.
John Isner and Thanasi Kokkinakis have not played each other on the ATP Tour. I cannot rule out John Isner entirely on the slick hard courts. The American is arguably the greatest server in tennis history and will always pry to win cheap points behind his first serve. However, Kokkinakis will be in buoyant mood and a slight favorite to keep up his red hot start to the year. The Aussie should delight his fans at the Adelaide 2 Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Thanasi Kokkinakis in 3 sets.
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