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John Isner's five-set defeat at the hands of Spain's Feliciano Lopez left the United States without a player in final 16 of the Australian Open men's singles for the first time ever in the Open era.
"That's not a good effort," a dejected Isner said afterwards. "I was aware I was the last one going in and I wanted to do well. But it is very ugly. We will have to try and rectify that."
There were a couple of years in the early 1970s when, amazingly, no American men entered the tournament but, otherwise, there has never been a time when the US effort has come up so short. It is not a happy thought for Jim Courier's Davis Cup team to take to Switzerland in a couple of weeks where Roger Federer is expected to be waiting for them.
Last November at the Paris Masters event, Isner had crushed Lopez 6-4, 6-4. But this time, the experienced Spanish left hander was at the top of his game and came through with a deserving 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 victory...
BEST OF MAXIM
John Isner went five sets to beat David Nalbandian in the second round of the Australian Open 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 Wednesday. Isner was so excited about his overtime win against Nalbandian that he broke out the Cam Newton Superman celebration. You can also see it in this video:
From Dwyane Wade to now John Isner, the Superman celebration is permeating all sports. Well done...
To the delight of the host nation, Queensland teenager Bernard Tomic put Sam Querrey's recovery on hold by beating the American 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 but one can't get rid of John Isner that easily.
The Marathon Man did not quite need the 11 hours he took to beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 but four and a half seemed quite long enough by the time Isner rode his luck...
John Isner's latest five-set, marathon win was overshadowed by David Nalbandian's outrage at a controversial call.
The towering American rallied from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat Argentine David Nalbandian 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a second-round match at the Australian Open that lasted for 4 hours, 41 minutes Wednesday, including a 99-minute deciding set.
John Isner fell in five sets on Friday to Fernando Lopez, becoming the final American man to be tossed from the 2012 Australian Open.
Lacoste lost (or let go?) some of the players who represented the brand. Samantha Stosur signed with Asics, and Wawrinka went to Yonex. However Lacoste replenished its American representation adding John Isner to its main ambassador Andy Roddick.
It was unexpected that Andy retired in a match with Lleyton Hewitt, but though he was not successful in this year's Australian Open...
John Isner was a 10-year-old living in Greensboro, N.C., when the Carolina Panthers franchise was created. He's been a fan ever since.
The giant of American tennis, and the sport's resident marathon expert, has had star receiver Steve Smith watch matches from his player's box and has visited the team's training camp. So it was only natural that when Isner won his...
And, poof, just like that, American tennis is gone. No, not just from the Australian Open, where the last American man standing, John Isner, lost before the first weekend of the year's first major. US tennis is gone from the world map, too.
The top players have faded, and the bottom ones aren't good enough. This is the moment US tennis has been nervous about for years:
Argentina's David Nalbandian was fined $8,000 for a postgame outburst at Australian Open officials following his controversial five-set defeat against John Isner.
Nalbandian was incensed when umpire Kader Nouni declined his request to challenge an overturned line call with Isner facing break point at 8-8 in the fifth.
Nouni told Nalbandian he took too long to make a decision...
By John Pye
The Associated Press
For the first time in four decades, there will be no American man in the fourth round of the Australian Open after John Isner lost to 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez on Friday.
Isner, the last American man left in the singles draw, lost to Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-1. It was the 6-foot-9 Isner's second straight five...
David Nalbandian of Argentina returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain, second seed, during third-round action at the U.S. Open held at the National Tennis Center on September 4, 2011 in New York. UPI/Monika Graff
MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – American John Isner rallied form two sets to one down on Wednesday to defeat Argentina’s David Nalbandian 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7...
MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – In a five- set battle on Friday, Spain’s Feliciano Lopez eliminated the last American male at the Australian Open on Friday when he beat John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-1.
Lopez spoke about his performance, “I think I hit the ball ‑‑ overall the match was great I think from my side. I hit great shots. Sometimes I hit a little...
John Isner, the last American man left in the singles draw, lost to Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-1 at the Australian Open on Friday.