Isner Benefits from Choking Berdych, Kvitova Wins
by Staff | August 25th, 2012, 8:10 pm

Isner Benefits from Choking Berdych, Clutch Serving for Winston-Salem Title

A little luck and some big serving left American John Isner raising the trophy for the second consecutive year at the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday.
The luck came when opponent Tomas Berdych choked an easy backhand volley into the open court that would have secured him the title in the third-set tiebreak. The big serve came into play as Isner repeatedly serve his way out of trouble in the tiebreak, saving three match points in the 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9) win.

“It’s a great feeling,” Isner said. “Defending a title is not easy. There’s pressure on you coming into the tournament so I think for me to do that, at both Newport and here in Winston-Salem, it should help me a lot going forward in the coming years…At times probably wasn’t the prettiest of tennis, but I was able to gut it out and am very, very proud of that.”

Berdych took to his changeover chair after the handshake and smashed his racquet to bits.

“I hope it’s going to be enough time to put this match from my mind and keep all those matches before — and those before were pretty good,” the Czech said. “Even this one was not bad until the end. It just happens…it will take some time. Next week, already Monday or Tuesday, I’m starting in New York so it’s not much time to think on the past but to be ready for what’s happening there.”

The effort helped Isner finish at No. 2 behind Novak Djokovic on the 2012 US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings.

Kvitova Wins New Haven and Continued Momentum into US Open

Former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova completed her US Open preparation in sterling fashion on Saturday, beating Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-6(9), 7-5 for the New Haven at Yale title.

It ended a U.S. summer hardcourt run that included the Montreal title, a semifinal in Cincinnati and the New Haven crown.

Kvitova against Kirilenko fought off a set point in the first set and came back from 2-5 in the second.

“[In the second set] I was down physically, without energy,” Kvitova said. “It seemed like I was walking, not running. I made a lot of mistakes and went 5-2 down — but then I tried not to think about my shots or tactics and started putting the ball into the court more. Then it was 7-5. I was surprised.”

Kirilenko rued her chances in both sets.
“I was surprised I lost the tiebreak,” Kirilenko said. “The last five or six tiebreaks I’ve won — I haven’t lost one the last four or five months. But it was really close, and I already served for the set and just didn’t make the right decisions, and it’s okay. I was 5-2 up in the second set and again she came back…Even though I lost I still feel positive. I played really well this week. I played a good match today. Unfortunately, I was unlucky in the final today.”

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7 Comments for Isner Benefits from Choking Berdych, Kvitova Wins

Brando Says:

WOW- ESPN critic picks are very interesting:

9-3 in novak’s favour.

3 for fed, and a big ZERO for murray- surprising.

El Mago Says:

They must be banking on super saturday effect. Murray is not guaranteed to get there. If isner/Roddick make it to semis, fed might get the 1st semi and the super saturday effect might help Fed.

let’s face it, if 9/12 pick a 31 year old to win a slam, it doesn’t reflect well on this generation – supposed to be the “toughest” era, right?

jane Says:

3 of the 4 experts picked Fed; same with Serena:

Wilander and Ivanisevic pick Andy M.

El Mago Says:

They should have a stat which shows how often the person picks correctly.

ESPN did that. Brad Gilbert has been doing the best this year but he messed up at wimbledon. He picks federer.

Brando Says:

USO is WAY MORE trickier to predict than the other slams this year for sure.

-AO: it was quite easy to pick nole considering he had won the last 2 slams, and his track record at AO.

-FO: easiest slam to pick.

-Wimby: more difficult than the other 2, but i’m sure a fair amount had picked fed pre tourny due to his grass pedigree.

This slam is ALOT tougher since the big 3 contenders ALL have a very strong case to be the main pick.

I mentioned why i picked fed on the other thread, but it wasn’t (and still isn’t) without hesitation due to the very strong case the other two present.

– Nole: hands down the man to beat on outdoor HC for the last 2 season (2011 and present). His fav surface, post grass W and RU are his results (just like last year), has the best passage to the final than fed or muzza etc. He has got the draw, the pedigree, the hunger- quite literally very little going against him, if anything.

– Muzza: Winning olympics was HUGE for him- no doubt about it. And beating nole and fed back to back, and in straights- it just spoke volumes as to where his game and all round tennis maturity is at. He is READY for a win at a slam now, more than ever.

BUT, his draw is possibly the toughest one that i have seen for a long while.

He has raonic in R16- for me the toughest possible opponent at that stage. The tsonga, AFTER delpo (who may be carrying a wrist injury), the next toughest QTR opponent.

Then fed, EASILY the toughest possible opponent at SF stage.

And IF he somehow, someway gets through all of those demanding matches he more than likely (let’s be honest-close to certain) will have to face the defending champion, the iron man on outdoor HC- Mr Novak Djokovic!


All i shall say is, IF muzza wins this GS then for me he shall win atleast 2 slams next year and end up world number one- you heard it first from this poster folks!

Addicted Says:

@Brando – Until Murray actually wins a slam, I don’t think anyone will pick him for it. Murray showed greatness and grit in the Olympics, but many question his mental edge in slams.

I think once Murray gets over the 1st slam hump, he will win them in droves. But that first slam will be the hardest.

Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand is a mental midget. He won the Olympics because there was hardly any attention on him. People were watching swimming and hand ball.

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