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Isner vs Mannarino ATP Delray Beach live streaming, preview and tips - Isner out to continue dominant record over Mannarino in quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 21 Feb 2019
  • John Isner vs Adrian Mannarino is live from Delray Beach at 2.30pm local time on Friday (7.30pm GMT)
  • Isner has won their last five meetings in straight sets
John Isner (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

World No. 9 John Isner continues his bid for a first Delray Beach Open title on Friday when he takes on the unorthodox Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals.

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John Isner targets his sixth straight victory over Adrian Mannarino when the pair square off for a place in the Delray Beach Open semi-finals on Friday.

After snapping a six-match losing streak by making the New York Open semi-finals last week, losing to eventual champion and fellow giant Reilly Opelka, Isner has made it back-to-back quarter-finals this week in Delray Beach, advancing to the last eight with straight sets victories over Peter Polansky and Lukas Lacko. The towering American dropped just one point behind his first serve in the 6-4 6-3 win over Lacko in the second round, winning 31 of 32 points to improve his head-to-head record to 4-0 over the Slovakian.

"It was a good win. I think I'm getting more comfortable on this surface, especially with the positioning on my return... I was challenging him on a lot of return games," Isner said. "I was very happy how I came through that."

Isner also suffered from a slow start to the season last year, winning just two matches before March, but that’s when he suddenly found his best tennis and ultimately put together the best season of his career. It all started with a stunning run to his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami when he beat the likes of Marin Cilic, Hyeon Chung, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev on his way to the silverware, while he also compiled a solid clay season, reaching the Madrid Masters quarter-finals and the fourth round of the French Open.

The 33-year-old would continue to break new ground as the season went on, advancing to his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, losing that infamous marathon to Kevin Anderson 26-24 in the fifth, before capturing his now obligatory Atlanta Open title and making his first U.S. Open quarter-final since 2011. Isner missed the Asian swing as his partner gave birth to the couple’s first child in September and returned at the end of the season to take his place at the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time, where he couldn’t claim a win in round robin losses to Zverev, Cilic and Novak Djokovic.

The challenge for Isner now is to back up everything he achieved last season and maintain a spot inside the top 10 - can he return to the Delray Beach semi-finals for the fourth time on Friday?

Adrian Mannarino (Photo by DAVID MOIR/AFP/Getty Images)
Adrian Mannarino is the man who stands in his way. Speaking of slow starts to seasons, Mannarino has been struggling significantly to open 2019, losing in the opening round of Doha, Sydney, the Australian Open, Rennes Challenger, Sofia and New York before finally snapping his six-match losing streak here in Delray Beach, defeating New York runner-up Brayden Schnur in the opening round before earning his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 7-6(3) win over Denis Istomin.


Down to No. 51 in the world after hitting a career-high of No. 22 in March last season, Mannarino is currently in a rough patch as he tries to recapture his best tennis. He was one of the tour’s most improved players during a career-best 2017 season, with the Frenchman registering a 33-27 record as he finished runner-up at the ATP 500 Japan Open in Tokyo (along with Antalya), made his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Montreal, the semi-finals in Moscow, quarter-finals at Los Cabos and Basel and Round of 16 finishes in Miami, Monte-Carlo, Cincinnati and Wimbledon, while a quarter-final in Sydney and a third round at the Australian Open propelled him close to the top 20 at the start of 2018.

But aside from a runner-up finish in Moscow towards the end of the year, Mannarino didn’t make much of an impact anywhere, and if he doesn’t start putting more back-to-back wins together, his ranking his going to drop even further.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any way he beats Isner on Friday. The American has been totally dominant over the Frenchman in their head-to-head, winning their last five matches without dropping a set. Furthermore, Isner has bagelled Mannarino on two occasions during those encounters and won further sets by 6-1 and 6-2 scorelines. It’s not just on serve where Isner overpowers Mannarino, it’s all over the court and even on return. Unless he dishes up a catastrophic performance, Isner will cruise into the Delray Beach semi-finals.


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Isner vs Mannarino ATP Delray Beach live streaming, preview and tips - Isner out to continue dominant record over Mannarino in quarter-finals

World No. 9 John Isner continues his bid for a first Delray Beach Open title on Friday when he takes on the unorthodox Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals.

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