TennisSection previews the 2022 Paris Masters as Andrey Rublev takes on John Isner in the second round on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.
Andrey Rublev has one eye on the ATP Finals qualification this week. The Russian power hitter will have destiny in his own hands at the Paris Masters as he looks to seal his place among the elite eight in Turin. However, he faces a potentially harmful opener against the big-serving John Isner. Who will prevail?
There is a four-way battle for the last two spots in the ATP Finals race. Andrey Rublev is one of those players. The Russian will look to make amends for his Vienna disappointment (lost in R16 to Dimitrov) at the Paris Masters. And with draw throwingup a potentially decisive meeting in the third against Hubert Hurkacz, one of the contenders, Rublev knows he can ill-afford any slip ups this week. But before he turns his attention to the latter stages of the tournament, he will need to subdue the big-serving John Isner on Tuesday.
John Isner scored a big win on his return to action as he dismissed World No. 57 Oscar Otte. While the nature of victory was far from being a given, Isner showcased his dominance on serve (hammered 19 aces). The American has spent the last two months on the sidelines due to a fractured wrist which cut short his US Open campaign in the second round. But the World No. 47 did not show any lingering effects in his play as he cruised to a 6-4 7-6 victory.
John Isner, remarkably, leads Andrey Rublev 3-0 in their head-to-head. Isner won two of their meetings on hard courts. With a potent first serve that can send shivers down the spines of his opponents, Isner will count on his biggest weapon to hunt down the Russian. Rublev’s defeat to Grigor Dimitrov in Vienna was the kind of reality check he needs to find his feet at the Paris Masters. The ATP Race is going down to the wire. And with this match offering a potential tiebreak or two, it is anyone’s game. Isner’s unblemished record over Rublev cannot be ignored, and I reckon the American’s big serve might fire him to yet another victory.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: John Isner in 3 Sets.
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