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by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – Top-ranked American John Isner is basking in success on home soil again. But he’s not done yet.
“I’m just very happy. Playing tournaments of this magnitude and being able to get wins like that on a packed stadium court full of American fans cheering me on, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “It’s one that I haven’t had too much at a tournament this level.”
Isner defeated Juan Martín del Potro 6-7 (5), 7-6 (9), 6-3 to advance to the end of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
It was his third consecutive win against a top-10 player. He beat Milos Raonic, the newest and youngest member of the ATP World Tour Top 10, in the third round and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
Isner, who is projected to climb back into the top-20 rankings next week, will battle resurgent World No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the final, which is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The Spaniard ousted Tomáš Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (4).
“I’ve never beaten Raf
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MASON, Ohio John Isner doesnt have any delusions of grandeur when it comes to his tennis game. He knows who he is. He knows when he plays the Novak Djokovics of the ATP tour he cant be ordinary.
Simply put, hes a better tennis player than me. He just is. His record proves that, said Isner. But on any given day, I think I can beat anyone.
Friday was such a day for Isner. The American...
Unseeded American John Isner rallied from losing a first-set tiebreaker to upset seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3 in a grueling Western & Southern Open semifinal Saturday.
The 22nd-ranked Isner, in his first appearance in the tournament's semifinals, had been 0-4 against the Argentine. He'll play either third-seeded Rafael Nadal or sixth-seeded...
he 6-foot-10 American made sure of that Saturday, rallying to beat seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3 in a grueling Western & Southern Open semi-final.
Isner, who fell from No. 20 to 22 this week, will return to the top 20 after a stimulating Cincinnati run that includes beating three straight top-10 players for the first time in his career while earning...
Two-time defending champion John Isner and top seed Tomas Berdych have pulled out of the Winston-Salem Open.
Tournament director Bill Oakes announced the withdrawals Monday during a rain delay. Isner pulled out with a hip injury and Berdych withdrew with right shoulder pain.
That leaves the tournament without its two highest-ranked players.
Isner, a Greensboro native who considers...
Top-ranked American John Isner ended Djokovic's attempt to make ATP history Friday, beating the world's No. 1 player 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.
By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON. Ohio – The women’s quarterfinal matches were solid, but the men stole the spotlight in a spectacular day at the Western and Southern Open. John Isner beat Novak Djokovic for the second time at a Masters 1000 event during the day session, while the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry […]
From the USTA: August 19, 2013 – Rafael Nadal clinched the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title today when John Isner officially withdrew from the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., due to a hip injury. Isner was the only player who could have overtaken Nadal in the Emirates Airline US Open Series […]