Isner: 6/7, 6/7
“Don’t Cross Me in North Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, DC”
Does any player have a greater change in his success rate when playing on home soil than John Isner does? Isner on US Soil is a top 15 player and overseas he is a top 50 player. Isner has won 7 titles in his career and 6 of these events have been held on US soil. Isner has also been runner-up at 7 events and 6 of these events have been held on US soil. Of course in Davis Cup, Isner beat Roger Federer on clay in Switzerland, and he defeated Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on clay in France. Davis Cup is a patriotic exercise so this success is not shocking. Isner also reached the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Olympic games. Outside of a 5 set win at Wimbledon versus Mahut and a 5 set loss at Roland Garros versus Nadal, Isner’s non-US soil and non-Davis Cup/Olympic resume is pretty thin. Perhaps, Isner can start small and seek to expand his success to Canada during the 2013 hard court summer season.
If Red Green can make it in Canada so too can Isner
Fabio Fognini won back-to-back events in the post-Wimbledon clay court season. He reached his third consecutive final only to be stopped by Tommy Robredo in the final of Umag, Croatia. In 2002 Carlos Moya had a similar run after Wimbledon and then won Cincinnati and launched a second phase of his career. I am not saying Fognini is headed toward the top 10 and the World Tour Finals, but his rise is nice to see. Robredo’s play in 2013 has been nice as well.
Federer recently admitted that his back is in the type of shape that might preclude his participation in Masters 1000 Canada. He also stated that his ego could survive dropping out of the top 10 as rankings don’t matter much to him at this stage of his career. Of course, Federer has the 6th most points earned in 2013 of all players so dropping out of the top 10 may not be on the fast track.
2 of my favorite topics Quick Start Tennis & Jay Berger(‘s Serve)
- Jay Berger should help Ryan Harrison and a semifinal finish is a good way to start
- Kevin Anderson is a player no one wants to see in the draw
- Newport should be part of the US Open series