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Isner vs Sandgren ATP Stockholm live streaming, preview and tips - Isner can move into ninth in the ATP Race to London by making Stockholm semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Oct 2018
  • John Isner vs Tennys Sandgren is live from Stockholm around 8.00pm local time on Friday (7.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
John Isner (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

John Isner finds himself in an all-American encounter for the second match on the trot as he prepares to face Tennys Sandgren for a spot in the Intrum Stockholm Open semi-finals on Friday night.

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Top seed and new father John Isner continues his Stockholm title quest on Friday when he squares off against countryman Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-finals.

Isner was tasked with facing another American in his first competitive match since the U.S. Open and becoming a father, overcoming Bradley Klahn in an extremely tough showdown, eventually prevailing 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in two hours and 23 minutes to book his spot in the last eight, firing 31 aces and winning 80 per cent of his service points (while also never facing a break point) en route to victory.

"It was extremely tough. I didn't think it was going to be that tough but who knows, I think I needed a match like that to try to get me going," said Isner.

Currently 10th in the ATP Race to London for the season-ending championships, Isner can overtake ninth-placed Kei Nishikori if he makes the Stockholm semi-finals - and considering Juan Martin del Potro is in big doubt for the ATP Finals with a fractured kneecap, ninth spot could be good enough to secure qualification.

There was a time this year where ATP Finals qualification appeared like a distant dream for Isner after the American lost six of his first seven matches of the season. However, Isner came from nowhere to win his first Masters 1000 title in Miami, conquering the likes of Marin Cilic, Hyeon Chung, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev on his way to the silverware, while he also made the Madrid Masters quarter-finals and French Open fourth round before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon - where he lost that infamous marathon clash to Kevin Anderson 26-24 in the fifth.

Isner bounced back by claiming his obligatory Atlanta title (his fifth at the tournament) and advancing to his first U.S. Open quarter-final since 2011 to continue his career-best season as he arrived in Stockholm at a career-high No. 10. Can the 33-year-old keep his momentum going and reach the semi-finals on Friday night?

Tennys Sandgren (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
His opponent - Tennys Sandgren - has also put together a career-best season in 2018. With just two ATP main draw wins to his name before this season, Sandgren - then ranked No. 97 in the world - stunned the tennis world when he toppled top 10 stars Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem on his way to becoming the lowest-ranked Australian Open quarter-finalist since 1996, with his run eventually stopped by Hyeon Chung. However, unfortunately for Sandgren, his exploits on the court were overshadowed by his controversial opinions and views off it, with some of his past social media posts surfacing courtesy of his new-found fame, but even though the 27-year-old attempting to defend himself in a statement, he departed Melbourne as one of the more disliked figures in the tennis world - at least amongst the hardcore tennis fans on social media.


Regardless, Sandgren has continued to break new ground on the court in 2018, making his first ATP World Tour final as he finished runner-up to Steve Johnson on the clay of Houston in April, breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time as a result, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 47. Sandgren would go on to make the Geneva quarter-finals (his only two wins on European clay) and is currently the last man to take a set off Novak Djokovic when he did so in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Winless in main draw matches during the Asian swing, Sandgren has won back-to-back matches for the first time since May this week in Stockholm, beating Lucas Pouille in the opening round and qualifier Oscar Otte to book his spot in his fourth quarter-final of 2018.

Into a first career meeting with Isner, can Sandgren upset the top seed and register his third top 10 win of the season? It’s definitely possible. Isner is still shaking off the cobwebs, and when he’s trying to work his way back to his best level, there’s always a chance for anyone to beat him because of the nature of his game. Sandgren is one of the most dogged competitors out there and has the ability make life difficult for Isner, but nevertheless, I still favour the World No. 10 to serve his way out of any potential trouble and make the semi-finals on Friday.


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Isner vs Sandgren ATP Stockholm live streaming, preview and tips - Isner can move into ninth in the ATP Race to London by making Stockholm semi-finals

John Isner finds himself in an all-American encounter for the second match on the trot as he prepares to face Tennys Sandgren for a spot in the Intrum Stockholm Open semi-finals on Friday night.

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