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WIMBLEDON, England — John Isner finally has an appointment for "Manic Monday" at Wimbledon.

Isner, the No. 9 seed in this Grand Slam tennis championship and No. 10-ranked player in the world, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday in the round of 16.

"He's a big kid, very athletic," the Greensboro, N.C., native said of the 6-foot-4 teenager from Greece. "I saw some highlights of him diving on the grass. He's got a lot of talent, a good serve, moves well for his size. Good backhand, good forehand.

"He doesn't have many weaknesses at all. I guess the only thing you could say is he doesn't have that much experience, but he's kind of showing right now that that's not much a factor."

Isner, 33, a Page High School alumnus, has advanced to the second week of the fortnight at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club for the first time in 10 attempts. After third-round play continues today before a scheduled day off Sunday, the second week will open with all 16 singles players in the men's and women's draws playing on "Manic Monday."

Isner defeated Tsitsipas 7-6 (2), 7-6 (9) in the Shanghai Masters in October 2017 in their only previous meeting. Tsitsipas is the No. 31 seed and carries the No. 35 world ranking.

"I just need to stay grounded," said Tsitsipas, who will turn 20 on Aug. 12. "My goals are far away from what I have set for this year, and I just need to stay grounded and keep on doing the work I have been doing all this year."

Isner on Friday defeated Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a tidy 95 minutes, and Tsitsipas swept qualifier Thomas Fabbiano in three sets. Isner, who served up a 64 aces in a five-set win over Ruben Bemelmans in the second round, had 21 aces in the shorter match.

Wimbledon is the 41st Grand Slam event of Isner's career, going back to the U.S. Open in 2007. He has reached one quarterfinal, at the 2011 U.S. Open, and has advanced to the rounds of 16 eight other times.

Isner captured the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open in April.​


WIMBLEDON, England – John Isner, the Greensboro, N.C., native, made quick work of Moldovan Radu Albot this afternoon and has moved into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

Isner, 33, defeated Albot 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a mere 95 minutes. Isner, a Page High School alumnus who lives in Dallas, had not advanced past the third round and into the second week of the fortnight at Wimbledon in any of his nine previous appearances.

All 16 singles players in the men's and women's draws will play on Wimbledon's "Manic Monday."

Isner, the tournament's No. 9 seed and the world's No. 10 player, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No. 31 seed and is ranked 35th. Isner defeated Tsitsipas 7-6 (2), 7-6 (9) in the Shanghai Masters in October 2017 in their only previous meeting. Tsitsipas will turn 20 on Aug. 12. 

Wimbledon is the 41st Grand Slam event of Isner's career, going back to the U.S. Open in 2007. He has reached one quarterfinal, at the 2011 U.S. Open, and has advanced to the round of 16 eight other times. 

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