John Isner and Grégoire Barrère square off in the French Open second round on Wednesday morning (10.00am, UK time).
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You always know what to expect from a John Isner match. The languid American claimed a four-set win over the in-form Quentin Halys with each of Isner’s wins coming via a tiebreaker, 7-6 4-6 7-6 7-6. Though a strategy not always guaranteed to work as he claimed two such tiebreaker wins over fellow big server, Maxime Cressy, in the first round at the Australian Open earlier this year but was still knocked out. That being said, Isner has played at least one one tiebreaker in each of his three matches at Roland Garros last year including leading the eventual runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas by a set in the third round. Ahead of this upcoming test he holds a 4-2 record against French opponents in the French Open, with all of those successes coming against players ranked below him.
There was a semblance of familiarity for Gregoire Barrere in the French Open first round when he came from 2-1 down to defeat Taro Daniel in five sets. Daniel, who had been enjoying his tennis this year, had been the Frenchman’s most recent main-draw win in slams; that aforementioned win came at the 2020 US Open first round but Barrere couldn’t carry that momentum as Andrey Rublev dumped him out in the following round. Barrere and Isner have never met before with the Parisian seeking to register his best-ever slam performance, this will be his sixth second round appearance and second at his home tournament.