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After seeing off a tenacious James Duckworth in round 1, Andy now plays the No. 20 seed, 37 year old big-serving American John Isner.  The pair have faced off eight times before, with Andy having an 8-0 record in his favour.  He won their previous encounter in the final of the 2016 Paris Masters in three sets.

Isner, who has 16 ATP Tour singles titles, the last one being at the Atlanta Open in July 2021, has enjoyed a successful season playing doubles, achieving a career high ranking of No. 19  on 13 June.  In singles though he lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Maxime Cressy in five sets (three of them going to a tiebreak). in Indian Wells he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in round 3, followed by a round 1 loss to Hugo Gaston, then ranked No. 65, in Miami.  In April he ...
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The two have met twice before, in round 1 of both the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Brisbane International, with Andy winning on each occasion.

30 year old  Duckworth, who enjoyed the best season of his career in 2021, clocking up wins over top-20 opponents David Goffin, Jannik Sinner and Roberto Bautista Agut in the process, is currently ranked No. 77 with a career high of No. 46 achieved on 31 January this year.   At the Australian Open he faced Adrian Mannarino in the first round but lost in five sets.  Following a lay-off for hip surgery - the ninth surgery of his career - his next tournament was the Lyon Open in May where he pushed Francisco Cerundolo to three sets in round 1.  During the grass court season, Duckworth lost in the opening round of the Libema Open and failed to q...
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Andy has avoided a big-name opponent in the first round having been drawn against Australian James Duckworth, a top-100 player, who he defeated in round 1 of the US Open in 2018.  He could face big-serving American John Isner next, with Italian 10th seed Jannik Sinner - who faces Swiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka in his opener - potentially waiting in round three.

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Although his build-up has been curtailed by an abdominal strain picked up in the Stuttgart final two weeks ago, Andy says that he's aiming for the latter stages of the tournament - “I do believe that if I’m physically in a good spot and I have prepared well that I still believe there are great performances in me against the best players…...
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This will be Andy's first tour-level singles final on grass since 2016 when he defeated Milos Raonic to lift the Wimbledon trophy.  In his on-court interview after his semi-final match, he said “It has been a long time since the last final [on grass].  A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one,  I am proud of the effort I have put in."

26 year old World No. 10  Matteo Berrettini, who is the defending champion (2019) and who had surgery on his right hand earlier in the season, also has a reason to be happy about getting to the final - "Arriving at the tournament, that was the goal [to reach the final].  From thinking about it and actually making it is a big difference.  I am happy I am here and have another chance to play ...
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After claiming his first victory over a top-five player since beating Novak Djokovic at the 2016 ATP Finals, Andy now meets an all too familiar face in 27 year old world No. 78 Nick Kyrgios, who won his quarter-final match when Marton Fucsovics retired with back pain during he second set.  In round 2 he defeated the 5th seed and world No. 25 Nikoloz Basilashvili in 3 sets.

Their H2H is 5-1 Andy, but all his wins came in or before 2016, with Kyrgios winning their last encounter, which was at Queens in 2018, 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–5.  They should have met in August last year in round 1 of the Winston-Salem Open, but Kyrgios pulled out shortly before the match was due to start citing a knee injury.

Kyrgios, who hasn't played a tournament since Houston in early April (he return...
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These two have met once before, in round 1 of the US Open last year in a match which will also be remembered for Tsitsipas's lengthy toilet breaks and Andy's sweat-soaked shoes.  The encounter was won by Tsitsipas 2-6, 7-6(9-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

23 year old Tsitsipas, who has never got beyond round 4 at Wimbledon, and that was in 2018, defeated qualifier and world No. 200,19 year old Dominic Stricker 6-3, 6-4 in round 1 here.  His last win on grass prior to his victory over Stricker came against Jeremy Chardy at Queens in June 2019.  At Wimbledon he lost in round 1 to Thomas Fabbiano and last year he exited at the same stage to Frances Tiafoe.  At the 2022 Australian Open, Tsitsipas reached the semifinals for the third time, losing in four sets to Daniil Medvedev and receiving a c...
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