Australian Open

USA No 1 Isner toppled by fellow giant Opelka

Share this with
Share this article

John Isner of the United States plays a backhand in his first round match against Reilly Opelka of the United States during day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Image credit: Getty Images

14/01/2019 at 07:08 | Updated 14/01/2019 at 07:29

United States number one John Isner was sent crashing out of the first round of the Australian Open on Monday by compatriot Reilly Opelka 7-6(4) 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in a battle of two of the game's tallest players.

[Watch the Australian Open LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player]

Wimbledon semi-finalist Isner fell at the first hurdle at Melbourne Park for the second year in a row, having been beaten by unseeded Australian Matthew Ebden in a major shock last year.

Australian Open

Ill Wawrinka through as Isner retires

25/01/2020 AT 06:20

The 21-year-old Opelka, an inch taller than the 6ft-10in Isner (2.08m), broke the ninth seed's perfect 9-0 winning record against Americans at the Grand Slams in a match featuring 87 aces.

Isner, 33, was crestfallen to be booking an early flight out of Australia but said he would work through the disappointment.

"You keep working and put your head down and kind of disappear once I leave here and just work," he said.

"And, you know, trust that that's going to pay dividends for me in the future."

Opelka will play 102nd ranked Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano for a place in the third round.

Australian Open

Opelka launches foul-mouthed umpire rant, as opponent Fognini gets injury from racket punch

21/01/2020 AT 06:27
Davis Cup Singles

Davis Cup Finals turning into the late, late show with 4am finish

21/11/2019 AT 08:43
Related Topics
TennisAustralian OpenJohn IsnerReilly Opelka
Share this with
Share this article

Latest News


'Big Three' join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice


Latest Videos


How a practice match demolition showed Corretja that Kuerten was the real deal - Tennis Legends


Most popular


Rashford 'got cold feet' during Barcelona talks - Euro Papers

View more