John Isner

Opelka Upsets Young to Reach Atlanta Open Semifinals

August 5, 2016

Reilly Opelka has done it again. The 18-year-old American wild card defeated No. 7 seed Donald Young 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open in the last match of the day session this afternoon. Opelka, ranked No. 837 coming into Atlanta, has now won three straight matches in his third ATP Tour […]

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Barton Edges Olivetti in Epic Three-Day Match at Wimbledon

June 30, 2016

Australian qualifier Matt Barton withstood 56 aces from big-serving Albano Olivetti to win an epic three-day first round marathon 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 14-12 at Wimbledon earlier today. Barton was the last man accepted into the Roehampton qualifying tournament after several late withdrawals in the final hours prior to the cutoff time […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Isner Shocks Federer at Paris Masters

November 5, 2015

Big-serving American John Isner toppled third-seeded Roger Federer at the Paris Masters late Thursday afternoon, edging the Swiss 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (5) in a tight third-round encounter. Isner served up 27 aces and held his nerve in the key moments to defeat Federer for just the second time and improve to 2-5 against the […]

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Gulbis Beats Isner to Reach Quarterfinals in Vienna

October 21, 2015

Free spirit Ernests Gulbis played like the real Ernie today, defeating big-serving American John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The talented, but underachieving, Gulbis, ranked No. 117 in the world, out-aced the third-seeded Isner 23-16 and played solid tennis throughout the two-hour and three-minute contest. […]

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Picks and Preview for 2015 U.S. Open

August 30, 2015

It’s the last day of August and the first day of the U.S. Open tomorrow. Questions may reign about the likely winner in the men’s draw, but in reality, in my view, not many. Will there be a surprise victor, such as last year’s champion Marin Cilic? Don’t think so. I see one of the […]

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Ram Outlasts Karlovic to Win Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

July 19, 2015

American Rajeev Ram, ranked No. 161 in the world, toppled towering Croat Ivo Karlovic in the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships this afternoon, defeating the big-serving 36-year-old 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (2) on the grass courts at the Newport Casino. For Ram it was his second ATP Tour-level title, the other also […]

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Kyrgios Shocks Federer at Madrid Open

May 6, 2015

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios saved two match points, battled his temper and took out top seed Roger Federer in a stunning second-round upset at the Mutua Madrid Open Wednesday night, defeating the Swiss icon 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12) in the biggest win of his career. The 2-hour and 37-minute victory was the […]

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Sela Defeats Groth in First Round of Citi Open

July 30, 2014

Israel’s diminutive dynamo Dudi Sela took down big-serving Australian Sam Groth 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon. The 5-foot-9, 144-pound Sela, a former world No. 29, has had to deal with towering big servers all year it seems, and finally he beat one. Sela […]

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Gulbis Tops Delbonis to Win Open de Nice Cote d’ Azur Title

May 24, 2014

Nineteenth-ranked Ernests Gulbis, playing with his usual panache, completed preparation for the French Open with a confidence-boosting 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Federico Delbonis in the final of the Open de Nice Cote d’ Azur this afternoon. The title was the second-seeded Latvian’s second of the year and sixth of his career. He improved to […]

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