World No. 12, and the number five seed, Cameron Norrie of Great Britain, will take on John Isner of the USA, the world number 23, in the second round of the 2022 Acapulco Open on Thursday, February 24. Get the live streaming options of this Cameron Norrie v John Isner match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Cameron Norrie v John Isner Head to Head
The pair have played each other three times before, and Isner leads their head to head series by two matches to one.
Norrie won their first encounter on the clay of Lyon in 2018, but Isner won their two subsequent matches on indoor hard courts, at Vienna later that same year, and at the Cincinnati Masters, last August.
Delray Beach Winner Norrie
Norrie had not begun the season in the best of form, but then he justified his top seeding in Delray Beach last week by going on to win the tournament, the first left-hander to do so since 2004.
That was his third ATP title, all of them coming in the last eight months.
Fate was then kind to him. Originally scheduled to meet Carlos Alcaraz, the teenage sensation who has just won in Rio, when the Spaniard dropped out, he was drawn against the qualifier, Daniel Altmaier, the world number 84, and, with all respect to the German, a potentially easier opponent.
Not that was evident in the first set, which saw both men drop their serve twice, and, with nothing to separate them, it went to a tie-break. Neither player was entirely convincing, but Norrie was less erratic, and he eventually took the set.
The number five seed tightened up after that, broke Altmaier early in the second set, and largely controlled matters from there. One more break enabled him to ease to victory.
Marathon Man Isner Survives Another Epic
Isner has earned himself the moniker “Marathon Man” because of his tendency to become involved in long, intense battle.
He already has a place in the record books, having won the longest match in tennis history against Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon in 2010, and, recently in Dallas, he earned himself another mention, this time on the wrong side of the longest tie-break ever, in his semi-final defeat to Reilly Opelka.
His first round encounter with the Spanish wildcard, Fernando Verdasco, the world number 152, developed into another epic, that lasted well over three hours and finished in the early hours of the morning.
In a first set largely dominated by serve, Isner had already seen three break points saved before he finally broke the Spaniard to move up a set.
There were no breaks at all in the second set, and it went to a tie-break, which the Sponiard finally won.
Verdasco seemed in the ascendancy and, after he broke Isner early in the third set, he had a match point on the Isner serve.
The American though, saved it, and broke back next game, and it went to another tie-break.
Finally, the Spaniard was worn down and Isner tasted victory at last.
Norrie v Isner Prediction and Tip
Isner is famed for his powers of recovery, but his match with Verdasco is likely to have taken a lot out of his 36-year old legs, and this should give Norrie, comparatively well-rested, the advantage.