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 earned his way into the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open by beating top-ranked Djokovic 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5. Djokovic was up 40-15, one point away from sending the third set to a tiebreaker before Isner rallied to win the game and the match for his second career victory against a No. 1-ranked player.
Djokovic helped matters with five double faults, including one in that final game, but Isner got 74 percent of his first serves into play, winning 55 of 69 possible points off those first serves, and limited Djokovic to just four break point opportunities. Isner missed nine previous break poi...