On Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open, 10th-seed John Isner takes on 18th-seed Felicano Lopez in a battle of the top servers. Their head to head record is 3-3 and the last time they played the score was 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 7-6(4) in favor of Isner at the Queen’s Club in London last year. Throughout the first two rounds in Melbourne, Isner and Lopez rank No. 1 and No. 2 in aces, respectively. Here’s a quick stat comparison as they face off:
The obvious challenge for Lopez will be to not give Isner too many looks at a 2nd serve as the winning differential between 1st and 2nd serve for him has been huge. The other challenge will be to put some type of pressure on Isner’s serve. They’ve played 10 tiebreaks in their previous six matches so it may just come down to a couple of key shots on key points.
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