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US Open 2013: John Isner vs. Gael Monfils Second Round Match Preview

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US Open 2013: John Isner vs. Gael Monfils Second Round Match Preview
Though, tennis as a sport is full of excitement, mirth and drama, if you compare it with some of the leading team-sports across the world, then it lacks on many fronts. Well, to fill that void, there are some special or born-to-entertain players, who add that requisite spark to the overall feel and spirit of tennis and take it to another level, every time they hit the court. Gael Monfils is one of those players on tour, who might look feeble a lot of times while negotiating a few quick shots, but he would always provide a few moments of absolute entertainment in every match to leave you awestruck with his flexibility and acrobatics. This acrobatic Frenchman will be in action today, as he takes on the top American John Isner in a second-round encounter of the 2013 US Open.

It is a battle between master of the reflexes Gael Monfils and big John Isner, who can run a shiver down the spine of his opponents with his canon serve. Since the release of the draw, we have been looking forward to this match that will have all the fun and fire elements – a tennis fan always craves for. Both contenders are coming off earning straight sets victories in the opening encounters. While, thirteenth-seed Isner made a quick work of F. Volandri on Tuesday, Monfils topped A. Ungur in a one-sided battle and now these two will face off each other in a second-round match-up of the 2013 US Open, this year’s final Grand Slam Tournament.

Perceptibly American tennis is suffering from the worst talent crunch in the recent times and amidst all this John Isner is one contender, who has it to keep the hopes alive. In fact, he and his compatriot Sam Querrey are the best bets for the Americans at this year’s US Open. Yesterday, James Blake bid adieu to tennis after losing out to Ivo Karlovic in five testing sets and for many Americans it came as another downward step towards the dwindling prominence of the American tennis. Currently ranked as World No. 17 in the ATP Rankings, Isner turned professional in 2007 and has claimed 7 career titles so far. It has been a good season so far for the big John with a 33-19 win-loss record and he has also won two titles in 2013, in Atlanta and Houston. Throughout his career, Isner has enjoyed substantial success on the US hard-court swing and he is expected to continue in the same manner – this time too.

Current World No. 39 Gael Monfils has claimed four titles so far in his career. Former World No. 7 Monfils’ playing style and incredible reflexes have also cost him a lot throughout his career. Whenever, he got into a groove or looked in a killing form, his progress was badly halted by recurring injuries. This season, he had to withdraw from a few key tournaments due to various injuries. Monfils has a good 29-17 win-loss record this season and he is looking in a good form of late. The Frenchman retired with an injury during his title match at Winston Salem last week.

Both contenders are evenly placed at 3-3 against each other in head-to-head record. Interestingly, they always met on a hard-court and today, they will face off each other on another hard-court. Last time they met two years ago at Washington Open, where Monfils topped the in-form American in three sets and reached the final. Things have not changed much since then. Obviously, there is a lot to look forward to in this battle for a tennis fan.

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