Found March 04, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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A Davis Cup victory over Roger Federer on clay in Switzerland; a career-high ATP ranking of 11; a familiar hardcourt at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and a lower ranked opponent -- none of that added up to anything that mattered for John Isner in the semifinal here on a warm, blustery evening. Isner went down 7-5, 7-6 to the 36th-ranked South African Kevin Anderson, an old foe from college days, in a match that ultimately hung on a double fault on the opening point of the tie-break. Isner was never able to recover from that blooper, not even by serving three more aces to bring his total for the match to 16. The problem was simple. Everything he did, Anderson did just as well and, at important moments, just a tiny bit better. The gangling South African, who stands just one inch shorter than Isner at 6-foot-8, also served 16 aces -- including three in the tiebreaker. And when he forced a backhand error out of the American on match point, that was it by seven points to four. "...
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