Second seed John Isner will begin his 2021 campaign at the Delray Beach Open in Florida. After receiving a bye in the first round, Isner will take on Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in the second round, who overcame the challenge of compatriot Thomaz Bellucci in the opening round, winning 6-3, 7-5.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Delray Beach Open 2021
- Fixture: John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro
- Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
- Round: Round of 16 (Second round)
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $349,530
John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro: Match Preview
Isner’s best results in 2020 came at Auckland and Acapulco, both of where he made the semis. But after the tour’s resumption following the global pandemic, the 35-year-old put in a dismal run of performances that saw him lose in the first round of the US Open and second round of the French Open. That said, based on reputation alone, John Isner is one of the favorites for the title in Florida.
After his performance in the opening round, Brazilian Thiago Monteiro is likely to put up a tough challenge. The 26 year-old had his basics on point in the opener and better known for his prowess on slower surfaces than American John Isner.
John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro: Head to head
John Isner leads Thiago Monteiro 1-0 in the head-to-head. The two had played each other in the first round of the 2020 Australian Open.
John Isner vs Thiago Monteiro: Prediction
John Isner is the overwhelming favorite to win this match. However, the 84th-ranked Thiago Monteiro is more than capable of causing an upset. Monteiro’s groundstrokes are more accurate than Isner’s, but the American boasts of a more punishing forehand.
Given that Monteiro has already played a match, he is more accustomed to the conditions in Delray Beach. Isner might need some time to find his rhythm, and in a best-of-three sets match that’s always dangerous.
Match Prediction: John Isner in three sets.