Germany’s Alexander Zverev plays American John Isner in a repeat of their previous Laver Cup meeting in the first singles match on Day 2 of the 2019 Laver Cup on Saturday, September 21. The match will start at 1 pm local time (or 12 noon BST). You can find the Alexander Zverev v John Isner live streaming options, head-to-head, preview and predictions here.
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Alexander Zverev v John Isner Head to Head
Zverev and Isner have met seven times thus far, with Zverev winning on six occasions. They met four times last year, including meetings at the Laver Cup in Chicago and the ATP Tour Finals in London, with the German winning both of those. Isner’s only win has come in the 2018 Miami Open final, which he won in three sets, to secure his first ever ATP Masters 1000 win.
Zverev Hoping to Keep Unbeaten Singles Record
Alexander Zverev has been a member of Team Europe since the inaugural edition in 2017 and is playing his third consecutive Laver Cup. Zverev has thus far played four singles matches at the Laver Cup across the two previous editions and thus far remained unbeaten in singles. His only loss in his six Laver Cup matches played thus far was in doubles last year, where he partnered Roger Federer against John Isner and Jack Sock.
After a formidable 2018, where he reached number three in the ATP world rankings, won the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid, as well as the ATP Tour Finals in London, Zverev has had a less than impressive 2019. He has only won one title in 2019, incidentally also in Geneva, but has not managed to live up to expectations for most of the year. The German was a finalist at Acupulco and a semi-finalist at Hamburg, but not gone past the quarter-finals anywhere else for the season.
Being the defending champion at the Tour Finals, he is currently not yet assured of a place in this year’s year-end edition, and will need a good run from here till November to cement a place in London.
Zverev was seen in doubles action on the first day of the Laver Cup in Geneva, where he partnered with Roger Federer to defeat Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov in straight sets 6-3,7-5, to put Team Europe 3-1 ahead.
Isner Looking To Put Team World Back on Track
American John Isner, similar to Zverev has been part of every edition of the Laver Cup thus far, and has been considered a force to reckon with in both single and doubles. While he has contributed nine points thus far in all his matches, he has an unfortunate 1-3 record in singles. Isner’s only win came against Rafael Nadal in Prague in 2017, and he has since lost some tight matches, none more so than against Roger Federer in Chicago in 2018, where the American had multiple match points.
Again like Zverev, Isner had a very good season in 2018, where he won the Miami Masters 1000, was a Wimbledon semi-finalist, broke into the top 10 of the ATP rankings, and played at the year end ATP Tour Finals in London.
2019 for Isner has been disappointing where most of the clay season was missed due to injury to his foot in the Miami Open final, which he lost to Roger Federer. Despite winning the ATP Hall of Fame tournament in Newport, Rhode Island at the end of the grass swing, Isner has not since had a convincing hard court season with several early round defeats. A multiple time winner at the Atlanta ATP 250, Isner was dealt an early loss there as well.
With the Laver Cup courts and format to his liking, Isner will always be a dangerous entity on the faster indoor courts, with his big serve and could very well tie the Laver Cup for Team World in the Day Two opener.
Zverev v Isner Predictions & Tips
Similar to their meeting in the Chicago edition in 2018, where Zverev won 10-7 in the final set tiebreak, another tight encounter can be expected in Geneva.
A big serving and big hitting battle between two men looking to return to their confident winning ways awaits us. The man that serves better and plays the big points better on the day will likely be the winner. Not much to choose between both, but expect Zverev to win again in a tiebreak of a final set.
Tip: Zverev to win: 11/13 (888Sport)