It is the first time since 2010 that Isner makes it to the second week at the Australian Tennis Open, the American defeated 18th ranked Lopez on Saturday.
Isner said it’s been a while since he reached the 16th round at the Australian Open tournament and it feel great, he was clearly relieved to get through and now wants to keep going. What counts in his favour is that he has had one of the biggest serves on tour and had 44 aces against Lopez; this increased his tournament-leading total to 101 through 3 rounds.
The 6 foot 10 Isner has enjoyed an upswing in his game since hiring Justin Gimelstob as his coach and his ranking has climbed to number 11 plus he now reached round 16. Isner said he feel like he has gotten better as a tennis player and that it was not so much things he is doing different, he is still working hard but has a different mindset and belief. It was that belief that was evident when he dropped the first set tiebreaker to Lopez.
Isner is playing some of his best tennis in his career at age 30 and is one of 13 men over 30 to reach the third round at the Australian Open, the most since 1977. On Monday, he is facing David Ferrer.
On Saturday the American player Steve Johnson lost to Ferrer, Isner’s commitment has not diminished and he could be more dangerous than ever. Johnson agrees that his sense of urgency is higher, he does not have that many years left in him and he realises that. All eyes are now on Isner as he faces Federer on Monday and many wonder how dangerous his lightning serve is going to be.
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