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ISNER Scores Davis Cup Miracle

Isner, USA puts Federer, Swiss down in Davis Cup

February 11, 2012 | 08:58 AM

Isner, USA puts Federer, Swiss down in Davis Cup

In an outcome that seemed a foregone conclusion for Federer in his home country on a low bouncing red clay surface and in a venue that he hand picked for the Swiss team in the mountains of Fribourg, John Isner performed the kind of miracle in a big match that is only possible in a Davis Cup tie, upsetting the former number one in 4 sets and adding an insurance win for the USA after they took a 1-0 lead on Fish's 4.5 hour come-back win over Stan Wawrinka, 9-7 in the 5th set.

In his 3rd encounter with Fed, Isner scored his first win and ended Fed's 15 match winning streak in Cup singles, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. While it was his serve that made the difference when Fed looked at a dozen break points (including an 0-40 opportunity in the 4th set, Fed converted only once, in the 1st set), it was bold play off the return that allowed John to break

in 3 of his 12 opportunities. Although Isner was a set short of feeling the 5th set pressure that Fish felt earlier, and the win wasn't in the pressure cooker of a 5th and deciding rubber, Isner's prospects in a deciding match Sunday look really good, should the USA not finish the tie today with a doubles win by Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish over the Olympic Gold team of Fed and Stan (and should Fish not notch a 2nd win over Fed, a prospect just as unlikely as Isner's doing it yesterday).

John has won his last two singles matches over Stan, including a straight set 2010 win on clay in Belgrade. The home pressure seemed to affect Wawrinka more than the lack of Swiss neutrality in the crowd affected Fish. With Isner's serve the most reliable of weapons under pressure, you have to like the big man's chances to deliver this round for Team USA.

The doubles is being broadcast live now on the TENNIS CHANNEL, with the score tied at a set each.


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