• Japan Open - Wawrinka opens bid against Isner

    10/5/09 1:46 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Japan Open - Wawrinka opens bid against Isner The indoor hard-court season continues as the ATP World Tour makes a stop in Tokyo for the Rakuten Japan Open. Stanislas Wawrinka kicks off opening-day action against John Isner on Monday.

    Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka is set for a first-time meeting with American John Isner in the first round of the Japan Open on Monday. The seventh seed, making his return to competition after a Davis Cup win against Italy (def. Seppi), heads into the contest a modest 25-16 on the season. Wawrinka looks to rebound in tournament play, following a disappointing 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 3-6 opening-round loss to veteran Nicolas Lapentti at the US Open.

    The 24-year-old Swiss, who reached a career-high World No. 8 in 2008, earned his best results of the season on the clay in Monte Carlo. Wawrinka advanced to the final four of the ATP Masters Series event before falling to Novak Djokovic in three sets.

    The 24-year-old American made his way into last eight in Bangkok last week, bowing out to finalist Viktor Troicki in straight sets. Isner holds a 25-12 mark in 2009, collecting a hard-court semifinals berth in Indianapolis (lost to Ginepri) and Washington, DC (lost to Roddick).

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definitely a toss-up, but I will go with Isner in three

huge edge in current form, and Wawrinka is not exactly a good indoor hard-court player

RickyDimon , 10/5/09 2:30 AM

Whoever wins the first tie-break takes it...

thefanchild , 10/5/09 2:45 AM

if they agree to go straight to a third-set tiebreaker and not bother with the other stuff, Isner will take this one

RickyDimon , 10/5/09 3:03 AM

I agree with you Ricky, if they get to a tie-break, Isner will pound his giant aces and win.

I'm still fuming at Isner for taking out Roddick at the USO and then losing to Verdasco in the next round.

Do you know at what time US Eastern do the matches begin at Beijing and Tokyo? Also, any TV coverage available?

Von , 10/5/09 3:48 AM

11:00 PM is my guess, in about an hour. Two hours from now at the latest.

I heard that live streams were not starting until the second round, but I'm guessing that is incorrect. There has to be a way to watch Isner-Wawrinka and the other matches.

RickyDimon , 10/5/09 4:12 AM

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