Originally written April 09, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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At the beginning of February no one with a rational view of current form on the international tennis circuit would have dared to suggest that John Isner would have been able to pull off three consecutive Davis Cup victories on European clay. Unless your name was Jim Courier or Andre Agassi, Americans didn't do that sort of thing. Red clay, slower than the grey Har-Tru found in the US, has been used so often to bury American dreams in Europe and South America that people have stopped counting. Yet Isner has just taken the US team through to this year's semifinals - where they will play Spain, probably on clay in another away tie, in September - with three most remarkable victories. It began with his upset of Roger Federer, no less, in Switzerland in February, and has been followed this past weekend with two more triumphs against France at the Monte Carlo Country Club - first against the smooth hitting Gilles Simon and then, in a rubber that clinched the tie, against the pow...
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