The number nine seed John Isner of the USA will play Casper Rudd of Norway in the first round of the ATP Wimbledon Championships on Tuesday, July 2. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the John Isner v Casper Rudd live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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John Isner v Casper Rudd Head to Head
The two men have never played each other once before. This will be the first meeting between the 34 -year old American, and the Norwegian 14 years his junior.
Isner Enshrined in Wimbledon Folklore
Isner has already earned his place in Wimbledon folklore, having played the longest, and the second longest, competitive matches in tournament history there. In fact, it could be argued that no player has done more to introduce the fifth set tie-breaks in Grand Slam events than him, even if his role has been inadvertent.
Now it looks like his first round victory over Nicholas Mahut in 2010 which lasted more than 11 hours spread over 3 days will never be bettered, whilst his semi-final defeat to Kevin Anderson last year, which was more than six and half hours in duration, is unlikely to be matched by anything which will be seen this year.
Curiously that defeat to Anderson was the best Isner has managed at Wimbledon, an event where the American, with his big serve, should do well, at least on paper. Previously, three consecutive third round appearances between 2014 and 2016 was the best he had managed in South London.
This year his progress has been hampered by the left foot injury he picked up in the final of the Miami Open against Roger Federer. He has not played since then, and lacks match sharpness.
Rudd, Norway’s Best
At the age of 20, Rudd is already the most successful player to come out of Norway. The son of a former tennis professional, he has broken into the world’s top 100 for the first time, and is now ranked 60. He also reached his first ATP final of his career in the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston in April, eventually going down to Christian Garin of Chile.
This is the first time he has entered the main draw at Wimbledon, and he has chosen not to enter any grass court events in preparation. Instead, after competing at Roland-Garros where he reached the third round, he chose to participate in the Challenger event on the hard courts of Prostejov in the Czech Republic, where he got to the semi-final only to lose to Pablo Andujar of Spain.
Isner v Rudd Predictions & Tips
Isner is the clear favourite at 5/18, whilst Rudd is priced at 7/2. Question marks about whether Isner can go far in the tournament this year must exist because of his foot injury, but Rudd has no form on grass, and, having not chosen to get match practice on the surface, his chances against the American must be slim.
Tip: Isner to win in straight sets: 10/11 (888Sport)