American Tennis Player Beats World No. 1
March 18, 2012 by staff
American Tennis Player Beats World No. 1, John Isner beat World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic to advance to the final of the ATP Indian Wells Masters where he will face Roger Federer in the first of nine World Tour Masters 1000 events.
Isner, ranked 11th in the world before the match, defeated Serbia’s Djokovic 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the match yesterday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. He became the first U.S. man to beat a World No. 1 player since James Blake topped Switzerland’s Federer at the Beijing Olympics.
The win, the 26-year-old’s first over a top-ranked competitor, ensures that he will break into the Top 10 world rankings for the first time, according to the ATP website. If he wins today, he will jump two spots to reach No. 8, passing Mardy Fish to become the highest-ranking American.
“It was very special when that last ball went by him and I knew I had won the match,” Isner, who clinched the victory with his 20th ace, told reporters. “It was a weird feeling, a very nice feeling. It’s something that you don’t experience every day. So I was just trying to take it all in.”
Federer, 30, will have the chance to avenge his loss to Isner in a Davis Cup match last month.
“It’s not such a big surprise to be playing him, he’s a great player,” Federer said. “It’s nice to see him stringing a lot of match wins together. I’m looking forward to this match after he beat me in Switzerland.”
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