World No. 38 John Isner of the USA will take on Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, ranked 47, in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this John Isner v Miomir Kecmanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Isner v Miomir Kecmanovic Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the American, who is now 35, and the Serb, 14 years his junior.
Isner’s Maiden Appearance of the Season on Clay
Isner is making his first European appearance of 2021 and playing his first match on clay since the French Open last October.
Since then, he has remained on home soil, apart from a brief foray south of the border to play in Acapulco in March where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
One of the minority of tennis players who are Covid sceptics, he chose not to fly top Australia earlier this year, because he was not prepared to subject himself to the mandatory two weeks’ quarantine.
As a result, he has only played in three events this year, with his best result coming in Miami, where he got to the third round before being defeated by Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Clay though does not suit his style, because it diminishes his powerful serve, and follow-up forehand.
Kecmanovic Searching for His Best Form in 2021
Kecmanovic is looking for the sort of form that enabled him to win his first senior ATP title last September on clay at Kitzbuhel, having also won a number of tournaments on the surface in his days on the ITF tour.
2021 so far has been a solid year for the Serb without producing anything spectacular in the way of results, and he has yet to go beyond the thi9rd round of any event he has entered.
That is where Kecmanovic reached in Buenos Aires, and again, more recently, at his home event in Belgrade.
There he beat Federico Bagnis of Argentina, and then the French qualifier Arthur Rinderknech, before he lost to compatriot and world number one Novak Djokovic.
This is his first time in the main draw at Madrid.
Isner v Kecmanovic Prediction and Tip
Although Isner is the higher ranked player, clay is his least favourite surface, and he has not played a match on it for six months, or on European soil. That would appear to tilt the odds in favour of Kecmanovic, a more natural clay court player.