John Isner ready to challenge top four


Regardless of the outcome in the upcoming semifinal against Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells, the eleventh ranked American John Isner (27 in April) is ready for his next step – challenging the top four players in the world.

Most people following the ATP circuit, know that Isner (206 cm) since several years has the second best serve on the tour, after his slightly taller colleague Ivo Karlovic (208 cm). The difference between the new and the former Isner, is that the new version is considerably sharper, and furthermore that his forehand has improved considerably. Now he has the strength to respond to anybody from behind, which creates a lot of mental pressure in the opponent´s serve games.

One who knows is Roger Federer. His second loss since US Open in September last year, occurred in Davis Cup against Isner. The Swiss had great problems in getting a rhythm in that match, which experience he might share with many, going forward.

Seeing player types like Isner and Raonic seriously interfering with the top, is very welcomed for the sport. It´ll be greatly interesting to view how Djokovic, Nadal & Co will manage to deal with their games when the summer season glides over onto grass and faster hardcourt.