Valencia R1 previews and picks: Isner vs. Robredo, Anderson vs. Kohlschreiber

The Grandstand

Isner 1John Isner and Kevin Anderson will kick off their Valencia campaigns on Tuesday. The two big-hitting seeds are set for respective first-round meetings with Tommy Robredo and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

(5) John Isner vs. Tommy Robredo

Isner and Robredo will be facing each other for the fourth time in their careers and for the second time during this fall swing when they clash in the first round of the Valencia Open on Tuesday. All three previous meetings–including two in 2014–have gone Isner’s way.  The 6’10” American prevailed 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4 four years ago in Auckland, 7-6(13), 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5 at this spring’s French Open, and 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) three weeks ago in Beijing.

Robredo has endured a tough but not entirely unsuccessful post-U.S. Open stretch. The 21st-ranked Spaniard squandered five championship points in the Shenzhen final against Andy Murray, nearly beat Isner in Beijing, lost his Shanghai opener to Mikhail Kukushkin, and…

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