When John Isner has the feeling With his serve and is played on a hard court, it is a very difficult wall to cross. Alejandro Davidovich checked it for the first time yesterday, who had never before measured the 2.08 tower in Greensboro, South Carolina (USA) and was scalded on his first appearance on the ATP circuit since the Tokyo Games: 6-4 and 6-1 in a scant hour and six minutes.
The 22-year-old from Malaga, 34th in the world, who had just signed a good role in Tokyo, downed by Djokovic in the round of 16 after defeating other more earthy rivals, such as the Portuguese Sousa and the Australian Millman, may have been weighed down by the wear of a tournament It was played in highly criticized conditions, with suffocating heat that forced the toilets to intervene on occasion. Unlike his rival, he was not comfortable with his serve at any time.
In the first set he placed 61% of first for 83% of Isner, still in the top-30 of the ranking at 36 years (just 30th), who accumulated 15 direct aces. Despite the devastating figures of the North American, he managed to return the break he had inflicted in the sixth game and at times it seemed that he was taking the frying pan by the handle. It was little more than a mirage. After disturbing the rest without actually forcing break balls, he gave up 5-4 and then the break that led the set to Isner’s bag.
The gunner would not lower the piston in the second set, who also found winning shots (27 in total for 14 unforced errors) with his powerful right hand and also showed resources on the net, as usual despite his height and that his service percentages overshadow other aspects of a more varied game than that of some tennis players of the same biotype. Although the former were down to 65%, he won 80% points with them and landed four more aces to bring the total to 19. Unable to find a crack in the wall, Davidovich (10 winners to 17 unforced) was deflated and lost his serve to 15 in the second game. Then a new break would come, this one already definitive. Isner, who has just won for days in Atlanta, will continue his attempt to raise a new Masters 1,000, which he has not achieved since 2018, against the Chilean Garín. Davidovich, who made his Toronto debut, will have to keep looking for his first ATP title elsewhere.