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Berdych downs Isner for quarter-final spot at French Open

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic reacts as he defeats John Isner of the U.S. during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 1, 2014.  AP

Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych made the French Open quarter-finals for the second time on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over America’s 10th seed John Isner.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Djokovic, Federer to meet for Indian Wells title

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, during their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. AP

Novak Djokovic beat John Isner 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open, where he’ll resume his longtime rivalry with Roger Federer.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Djokovic, Isner reach Indian Wells semifinals

John Isner reaches to return a shot to Ernests Gulbis, of Latvia, during their quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. AP

For the first time in four years, Novak Djokovic is without a big title to start the year. Or any title. The Serb is used to arriving at the BNP Paribas Open with the Australian Open in his back pocket, having won the season’s first Grand Slam three straight years. He lost in the quarterfinals in Melbourne in January, and then lost in the semifinals at Dubai last month.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Isner out of Australian Open due to ankle injury

John Isner. AP FILE PHOTO

John Isner’s stay in Australia has been cut short by injury for the second year in a row.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

John Isner wins Auckland title in Open buildup

John Isner kisses his US Men's Clay Court Championship trophy he won last April. AP

John Isner fired 23 aces in a match which had no service breaks to beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in the final of the ATP’s Heineken Open in Auckland, his last tune up for next week’s Australian Open.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Djokovic beats Isner to reach Paris quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic of Serbia acknowledges applause after defeating John Isner of the USA 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. AP

Novak Djokovic rallied from a set down Thursday to beat John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 and reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Isner digs deep to progress in Shanghai Masters

John Isner. AP

Giant American John Isner battled back from a set down against Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo to win his opening match at the typhoon-hit Shanghai Masters on Monday.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Tennis: US men on verge of epic failure after Isner falls

John Isner returns a shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in New York. AP

American men’s tennis was pushed to the brink of historic Grand Slam humiliation Saturday when US star John Isner was dumped from the US Open by German Philipp Kohlschreiber for the second year in a row.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Tennis: Decade after Roddick, US men stuck in Slam drought

John Isner. AP

American men’s tennis, once the envy of the world with Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi atop a generation of stars, has not produced a Grand Slam singles champion in 10 years.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Isner, Berdych pull out of Winston-Salem Open

John Isner. AFP FILE PHOTO

The biggest news at a soggy Winston-Salem Open on Monday wasn’t made by who advanced. It was who pulled out.

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Cincinnati lifts nine-title Nadal to No. 2 in world

Rafael Nadal. AP FILE PHOTO

Rafael Nadal won the Cincinnati Masters for the first time on Sunday, his ninth title of 2013 lifting him to number two in the world and stamping him a US Open favorite.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nadal beats Isner in 2 sets for Cincinnati title

Rafael Nadal. AP Photo

Rafael Nadal took advantage of his few openings Sunday against hard-serving American John Isner, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win in the Western & Southern Open that added another title to his sensational summer.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Tennis: Del Potro double fault opens door for Isner

John Isner, left, and Juan Martin del Potro, right, talk with each other at the net after a semifinal at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. AP

Juan Martin del Potro double-faulted on match point to open the door for American John Isner, who turned the tide and triumphed in three sets in their Cincinnati semi-final on Saturday.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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