Win Over Federer a Seminal Moment for Isner?
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John Isner feels that this time, "it clicked." It really did. He could almost hear it. Click!
Isner was trying to describe what he took away from his upset of Roger Federer on red clay on the all-time Grand Slam champion's home turf in Fribourg.
Isner's 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win in the first round of Davis Cup World Group play gave the USA a 2-0 lead—and the impetus to sweep the home team, five matches to none.
It isn't like Isner had a startling revelation before the match, nor did he come up with a revised game plan or even a magic tactical bullet. This time, Isner said in a conference call Thursday, he made a committment to the basic blueprint that might guide him even higher than his present career-high ranking of No. 14. "(U.S. Davis Cup) Captain (Jim) Courier was on me all week, and my coach back home (Craig Boynton) has been saying it all along. I also kept telling myself, 'I'm only going to beat this guy if I play the right way. . . Keep the points short, make the matches go fast, play aggressively and conserve my energy.' "