Posted April 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
John Isner's big serve and solid forehand proved too strong for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeating the Frenchman 6-3, 7-6 (4) 5-7, 6-3 Sunday to put the United States into the Davis Cup semifinals. Tsonga had chances, but could only break his serve once as the Americans took an unassailable 3-1 lead, setting up a match against either Spain or Austria for a place in the final. Isner built on the U.S. team's momentum after a straight-set doubles win on Saturday. He didn't face a break point, while the pressure was clearly on the sixth-ranked Tsonga to even the score at the Monte Carlo Country club. Later, Gilles Simon was scheduled to play 19-year-old Ryan Harrison in the meaningless last match.

Isner salvages first-day tie for US

John Isner brushed aside Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 as the United States drew level with France in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday. The Americans needed a strong performance from Isner after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had earlier beaten the inexperienced Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to give France a 1-0 lead. Simon, who was called up to replace the injured Gael Monfils this...

Isner Evens Up Davis Cup on Day 1

After two rubbers, the USA vs. France Davis Cup tie, being played on the clay courts of the Monte Carlo Country Club, has gone as expected. The tie began today with top-ranked Frenchman taking on 66th-ranked Ryan Harrison. The matched marked Harrison's first appearance in a live rubber, with his only prior Davis Cup experience coming in a dead rubber against Switzerland earlier...

Isner vs. Simon for Davis Cup singles

France captain Guy Forget picked injured Gilles Simon to play singles against John Isner of the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinal. Although the 13th-ranked Simon is nursing a sore back and had little practice, Forget selected him Thursday ahead of lower-ranked Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. Sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will open on clay against 19-year-old American...

US Youngsters Need to Step Up for Davis Cup

John Isner was just a few wins away (or an early exit by Mardy Fish) from being the American #1 two weeks ago. He recently entered the top 10, though only stayed there for 1 week before sliding back down to #11. Isner may be 26 years old, but he is young in years on the ATP tour (he turned pro in 2007 after playing college tennis). Isner is going to have to get used to the fact that...

Davis Cup in Monte Carlo: Isner and Tsonga are the Bosses on Day 1

By Guillaume Willecoq MONTE CARLO COUNTRY CLUB – It’s finally Friday, almost after a week of training, Davis Cup begins in earnest with the official presentation of the teams at Noon as France plays host to the United States in a quarterfinal tie. The stands are not yet fully packed yet, and you can spot a few American flags. For the French team, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earns the...

Davis Cup: France-US Draw List

Draw for the Davis Cup quarterfinal between France and the United States on outdoor clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club: Friday Singles Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, vs. Ryan Harrison, United States. Gilles Simon, France, vs. John Isner, United States. Saturday Doubles Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra, France, vs. Bob and Mike Bryan, United States. Sunday Singles Jo-Wilfried...

Tennis Channel to air US-France Davis Cup Tie

  Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against France in Monaco, this weekend, with live and same-day, “Instant Encore” replays Friday through Sunday. John Isner, World No. 11, leads a U.S. team of tennis up-and-comer Ryan Harrison and top-ranked doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against France’s World No...

Davis Cup in Monte Carlo: First News Conferences

The Monte Carlo Country Club just meets with all your expectations. Cliffs hanging above the Mediterranean, bright blue sky around; it’s the perfect scenery to host the Davis Cup tie between  France and USA. This morning between two training sessions, both teams came to the traditional first news conference of the tie. The US team was present in full: Captain Jim Courier, John...

Sunshine, Petits Fours, Pools and Easter Eggs: US – France Davis Cup Draw Ceremony in Monte Carlo

By Guillaume Willecoq Sunshine, petits fours, Easter Eggs and players around the swimming-pool of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel – welcome to the official draw of the France – USA Davis Cup quarterfinal. The referee Andreas Egli, who is also in charge at the Australian Open, picked up the name of the players of the first rubber with French Swim Champion Yannick Agnel.  The name...

Davis Cup: France 1, United States 2

Results from the Davis Cup quarterfinal between France and the United States at the Monte Carlo Country Club: France 1, United States 2 Saturday Doubles Bob and Mike Bryan, United States, def. Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra, France, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4). -- Friday Singles Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. John Isner, United States...
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