The Best of the Day preview smashes a forehand down the line with tennis tips for Alex de Minaur’s clash with John Isner in China.

Tennis Tips – Alex de Minaur V John Isner

13:00 (AEDT) @ Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai

History: Played 1: Isner 1 V de Minaur 0

Last meeting: Atlanta Open, 2018 (R16): Isner d de Minaur 6-3 6-2

Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down

in-form Aussie Alex de Minaur’s tough first-round assignment at the Shanghai Masters against John Isner.

The 20-year-old de Minaur is back in the ATP top-25 after claiming his third tour title, adding the Zhuhai Championships to his Sydney International and Atlanta Open successes earlier in 2019.

De Minaur beat John Millman, Andy Murray, Borna Coric, Roberto Bautista Agut and Adrian Mannarino to clinch the silverware.

He followed that up with a three-set loss to Lloyd Harris in the first round of the Japan Open.

But overall the tyro will be happy with the way he is finishing off the season, having reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time at the US Open.

World No.17 Isner, meanwhile, is hoping for a form reversal.

The 34-year-old has struggled to string wins together since taking out the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in July.

Isner lost in the third round at the US Open after a succession of first- and second-round tournament exits.

After a shock first-up loss to Egor Gerasimov at the Chengdu Open, the big-serving American showed some signs of improvement by reaching the quarters of the China Open.

Isner won his only previous encounter with de Minaur, a straight-sets result at last year’s Atlanta Open.  Isner and Sam Querrey accounted for de Minaur and Albert Ramos Vinolas in the first round of the doubles in Shanghai.

One of the big improvers on the men’s circuit in 2019, de Minaur should be able to capitalise on Isner’s rustiness with a Best of the Day victory.

Tip: Games Handicap – de Minaur -1.5 @ $1.90