Thailand Open – Fri

15:00 – Troicki v Isner

Rankings are 32 and 48. They have never met.

This is a match where my first thought was that Troicki should be favourite but when you look at the stats is shows another picture.

1st serves in are 65%/74% ; Service games won are 72%/90% ; break points saved are 64% and 69%.

So the stats suggest that Isner has the edge. The high percentage of games won means the startegy to use is to back isner on serve.

This could be close if both players perform to their best.

Update:  I should have gone with my initial thoughts! Isner was well below par. He just about hung in there in the first set and scrambled his way to a tie break. Troicki took the breaker. In the second set Isner got himself to 2-2 but had to save several break points. The writing was on the wall by this stage and Troicki took the next 4 games to win the match 7-6, 6-2.

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