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ATP Atlanta Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can five-time champion, Isner continue Atlanta dominance?

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 21 Jul 2019
  • Five-time champion, John Isner leads the field at the BB & T Open, live from Atlanta from 22-28 July.
  • Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe also present
John Isner (PA Sport)

Atlanta legend, John Isner bids for a record-extending sixth title as he leads the field at the BB & T Open, live from Atlanta from 22-28 July.

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Isner could well arrive Atlanta with his first ATP title of the season, as he was set to take on Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in the Newport final as at the time of writing.

The American will face competition a number of his countrymen, with young guns, Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz all nursing ambitions of unseating their giant compatriot from the Atlanta throne, while wildcard, Grigor Dimitrov will also attempt to win his first title since the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals.

We preview the Atlanta draw.

First Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: John Isner (1) vs Radu Albot (6) [H2H: Isner leads 3-1]
John Isner owns an incredible record in Atlanta- he has reached the final in all but one edition since the tournament started in 2010, claiming a staggering five titles in the nine editions. He was champion in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, and runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2016. The only year he failed to make the final was 2012, when he lost to Andy Roddick in a three-set semi-final.

The American has only just returned from a foot injury, sustained in his Miami Open final defeat to Roger Federer. That problem kept Isner out of action for the next three months, but he returned to the tour at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round. He followed that early Wimbledon exit with a strong run in Newport, where he was preparing for a final against Alexander Bublik as at the time of writing. With some form behind him, and his history in Atlanta, he will again be hard to stop this week. That said, he faces a dangerous draw in the 2019 tournament.

Isner gets a bye into the second round, where he could take on either Bublik (in a repeat of the Newport final), or Opelka, who leads the head-to-head 2-1, and has already beaten the five-time champion twice this year.  If Isner survives, he is projected to meet Moldovan, Radu Albot in the quarter finals, but Albot must first find a way past Tennys Sandgren, and possibly Great Britain’s Dan Evans in the second round.

Predicted Quarter Final: John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren
Semi-Finalist: John Isner

Second Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Alex De Minaur (3) vs Frances Tiafoe (5) [H2H: De Minaur leads 1-0]
Young guns, Alex De Minaur and Frances Tiafoe spearhead the second quarter of the Atlanta draw, with both men looking to get their seasons back on track after a series of disappointing results. 

Di Minaur had a 10-3 start to the year, claiming a maiden tour-level title in Sydney, reaching quarter finals in Brisbane and Acapulco, and the third round at the Australian Open, but he has won just three matches in his last eight tournaments, slipping to 33rd on the rankings having peaked at 24th earlier in the year. The 21-year-old Australian gets a first-round bye in Atlanta, and could play either Bradley Klahn or Marius Copil in the second round. 

Tiafoe, like De Minaur, also made a fantastic start to the year, highlighted by a quarter final run at the Australian Open, and quarter finals in Miami and Estoril a few months later, but results have been scanty outside those tournaments, and he enters Atlanta on a 1-6 run. He faces an intriguing first-round tie against the controversial Australian, Bernard Tomic, while another Aussie, Matthew Ebden is a possible second round opponent. Ebden, who owns a 2-1 record over Tiafoe, and made the quarter finals in Newport last week, starts his Atlanta campaign against a qualifier.

Predicted Quarter Final: Alex De Minaur vs Matthew Ebden
Semi-Finalist: Matthew Ebden

Third Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Pierre-Hugues Herbert (4) vs Jordan Thompson (7) [H2H: 0-0]
Pierre-Hugues Herbert’s decision to focus more on his singles career has yielded dividends to an extent this year, with the Frenchman building up a 21-16 win-loss record and holding a top-40 singles ranking. He will have his sights set on another productive week as he takes his place in the Atlanta draw. 

The 28-year-old, who has made a final in Montpellier, and semi-finals in Budapest and Halle this season, is in a very open quarter of the Atlanta draw, as he opens against either Alexei Popyrin or Denis Kudla following a first-round bye. If he gets through that, he is projected to meet Australian seventh seed, Jordan Thompson in the quarter finals.

Thompson is also having his best singles’ year on the ATP Tour, highlighted by a runner-up finish in s-Hertogenbosch, a semi-final in Antalya, and a marquee fourth-round run at the Miami Open, where he scored very impressive victories over Cameron Norrie, Karen Khachanov and Grigor Dimitrov.

Thompson begins his Atlanta bid against Great Britain’s Norrie, while India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who plays a qualifier in the first round, is a possible second-round opponent.

Predicted Quarter Final: Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Jordan Thompson 
Semi-Finalist: Jordan Thompson

Fourth Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Taylor Fritz (2) vs Ugo Humbert (8) [H2H: 0-0]
American, Taylor Fritz spearheads the bottom quarter of the Atlanta draw, with Grigor Dimitrov and Ugo Humbert also bidding for the sole semi-final berth from the quarter. It was just a few weeks ago that Fritz finally captured his maiden tour-level title, beating Guido Pella, Hubert Hurkacz, Kyle Edmund and Sam Querrey in an outstanding week in Eastbourne. He could not quite build on that at Wimbledon, as he crashed to a four-set defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff in a tough second-round draw, but he’s got another opportunity to launch a deep run in Atlanta, as he targets a second title of the season.

Fritz has a bye into the second round, but he faces a tough opener against former Nitto ATP Finals champion, Dimitrov in the second round. Dimitrov, who opens against a qualifier, has fallen well short of his world No. 3 heights, and has suffered opening round defeats in five of his last six tournaments, slipping to No. 52 in the world. Fritz also defeated Dimitrov in their only previous meeting in Madrid earlier in the year, and the young American will like his chances of reaching the quarter finals in Atlanta, where he is projected to meet another young gun, Ugo Humbert.

Humbert has been in fine form lately, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, and making the semi-finals in Newport, where he was edged out by John Isner in three sets, and he should get past American wildcard, Cole Gromley in the first round, setting up a meeting with either Antalya finalist, Miomir Kecmanovic or Jack Sock, who is playing his first tournament since the Australian Open.

Predicted Quarter Final: Taylor Fritz vs Ugo Humbert
Semi-Final: Taylor Fritz

John Isner vs Matthew Ebden
Jordan Thompson vs Taylor Fritz

John Isner vs Taylor Fritz

John Isner

The BB & T Open is live from Atlanta from 22-28 July.

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ATP Atlanta Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can five-time champion, Isner continue Atlanta dominance?

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