American giant John Isner was pushed to limit last night by Gael Monfils in a tough 75, 62, 46, 76 win on the US Open’s Louis Armstrong court.
Isner is the American No. 1 and playing in his home country, most would have thought he’d have the full crowd support over the entertaining Frenchman Monfils. But it just wasn’t the case with a large number of fans loudly rooting for the foreigner, a fact that puzzled Isner.
“[Gael’s] a fun loving guy and an exciting guy to watch no matter where he is playing, but honestly it was a little bit surprising,” Isner said of the crowd support. “I know the New York fans, they like to see long matches and fifth sets and whatnot, but, you know, it’s not like there was no one cheering for me. I was a little bit disappointed in that, actually. Not going to sugar coat it. It was certainly, if I was playing him in France, it certainly wouldn’t be like that.
“I could say something else, but I’m not going to. No, it was fun overall. It was a lot of fun, and when the match finally ended, to be able to soak it in, was a lot of fun.”
The win puts Isner into a rematch Saturday against Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German beat Isner in a 5-setter in the same round last year in a match that ended well past 2am.
It’s crazy,” Isner said looking ahead. “That match last year was very disappointing for me how it went about. I sort of lost it I lost it in the fifth set there, but he’s extremely solid. He’s been so solid for so long now. He’s made his way through his first matches pretty easy, as well. Going to be a tough match. You know, I think I played him last year. I think his game plan against me is going to be, in a few days, a lot like it was last year. I feel like he, you know, focused on getting a high percentage of first serves in, taking a little bit off his first serve and sort of trying to grind me down that way, which he did last year. Maybe a few adjustments I will have to make, but I’m looking forward to it.”
If Isner wins he could meet Rafael Nadal on Monday in the fourth round.
Here are some of the highlights from what was a very entertaining match:
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