John Isner stands tall in bid to end Masters hoodoo

Apr 02, 2018, 00:46
John Isner stands tall in bid to end Masters hoodoo

The American had never reached the showpiece here but knew that with the fit again Del Potro in such devastating form and unbeaten in his last 15 matches, it would take a monumental effort to upset the Argentine and his hordes of followers at Crandon Park.

"Things are just clicking. I got real live reps and chances to return in pressure situations". "I got too much love from the fans, and maybe that pain goes away during the match", Del Potro said of the wear-and-tear on his body from all of his recent play. "I'm going to be very tough to beat.", he said. However, perhaps tired from a tough quarterfinal clash, del Potro could do little to match the 14th seed today. Isner holds the advantage over Monfils in match win percentage in Masters, as the Frenchman's career has been plagued with injuries and inconsistency.

"There was a game plan". I stuck to it pretty well.

He lost only 11 points on serve in the match, firing 13 aces to four for del Potro, who had upset world number one Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final. In those games, he has only faced a single break point. "He was better than me, and he deserved to win".

"I will go home now, eat some barbeque, spend time with friends and not talk about tennis for the next few weeks".

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Isner gives his coach, David Macpherson, some kudos for a recent turnaround in play. "Of course I was working hard, but I was just - I have been more relaxed on the court, and I think that's showing in my play".

Zverev and Isner have met three times so far on Tour and the German has claimed the win every time. He has undoubtedly played his best tennis on these big stages.

On Sunday, for the biggest title of his career, Isner will take on yet another 6-foot-6 foe in Alexander Zverev. The 20-year-old German bested No. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Both players had their serves firing in the second before Isner had the first break-point opportunity in the ninth game, which he grasped by unleashing a brutal backhand that clipped the line.

Many readers may be surprised at this, because on the surface, three head-to-head wins in the last 18 months would appear to be pretty relevant, but upon closer examination, it is very evident that Zverev was not as dominant in these matches as the scorelines would have you believe. After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, the 14th-ranked Isner won the next two sets by scores of 6-4, 6-4.

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