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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #40 on: April 15, 2012, 08:22:47 AM »
Isner finding some nice consistency here lately.  That is good to see.  If he keeps it up he is gonna be more dangerous than ever.  And with a serve like that, no one is gonna want to play him if he is finding his range with the rest of his game.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #41 on: April 15, 2012, 09:37:43 AM »

if he is finding his range with the rest of his game.


If by that you mean his return game, then he's going to be one of the Big 4.

To his credit, he is "keeping it up" and already has become increasingly more dangerous. With his win yesterday, he accomplished a couple of milestones: he's now at a career high #9 in the world and the top ranked American, over taking a slumping Mardy Fish.

But I'm selling some of my Isner stock right now because I believe everyone is missing the mark when assessing Big John's prospects. For obvious reasons, people focus on his serve and improved FH, but it's his return game that's going to carry him into the QF of a major, and his inability to end sets and matches before having to get through multiple TBers will always haunt him. That being said, I think clay gives him the best chance of reaching a slam QF because it gives him a higher ball and more time to set up for his return. Remember, this is a guy who can play 6 hours in one day and never break serve on grass.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #42 on: April 15, 2012, 01:33:48 PM »
This 7th game in the 2nd set is doing the rounds - both men giving it their all. Despite his serve, Isner looking less than incisive here.

Well, Isner held in the end to go 5-2. The 3rd set should be interesting.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2012, 02:28:18 PM »
Isner broken for first time in 45 service games in Houston.

Monaco serving 2-1
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #44 on: April 15, 2012, 02:39:10 PM »
Sunday

Singles - Final

[4][WC] Juan Monaco (ARG) d. [2] John Isner (USA) 62 36 63 in 2h27'
5th title for Pico!!!! 2nd this year, first was in Viña del Mar!! congrats to Pico!!

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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2012, 02:42:35 PM »
Monaco was down 15-40 in the 5th game when I went away for a bit. I returned to see him break Isner in the 9th game & to go on & play some brave tennis to win the match.  Congratulations to him for refusing to give up & remain focused. 

Isner is gaining confidence & improving his all court game. I'm sure he'll continue to do well this season  & build on the momentum he has created.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2012, 02:43:18 PM »
Double break to Monaco who serves for the set at 5-2

conditions are horrendous. Prevailing wind with nasty gusts.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2012, 02:44:22 PM »
lol

Too bad the match isn't broadcast live in the US. :thumb-down:

TC is ridiculous!  :mad1:  I shouldn't even have posted in this thread.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #48 on: April 15, 2012, 03:14:22 PM »
1st set Monaco 6-2  29'
2nd set Isner 3-0  29'
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #49 on: April 15, 2012, 04:43:49 PM »
Monaco 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 more importantly 2h 27', Isner's third Best of 3 set matches exceeding 2 hours.

Isner faced 16 BPs and was broken 3 times after holding 45 consecutive service games thru the SF.
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Re: ATP - Houston - US Men's Clay Court Championship - 7-15 April 2012
« Reply #50 on: April 15, 2012, 04:45:34 PM »
Monaco Tops Isner For Houston Trophy



Fourth-seeded wild card Juan Monaco knocked off second seed John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the US Men’s Clay Court Championship trophy Sunday in Houston.



Monaco broke Isner twice in the first set, ending the American’s run of 45 successive service holds at the ATP World Tour 250 event. The Argentine saved eight of nine break points against his serve to claim victory in two hours and 28 minutes, notching his first win in three meetings with Isner.

“I think we played a great final,” said Monaco. “The first set, I played really well, and then he came back in the second set. In the final set, it was a battle. We fought until the last point. I served pretty well in the last game, so I'm happy for that.”

The 16th-ranked Monaco is 11-2 on clay in 2012, adding to his triumph at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (d. Berlocq). With his first title on US soil, the 28 year old will rise to a career-high No. 13 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Monday.

“This is a great moment in my career. I've worked very hard to be here,” Monaco said. “I have the clay-court season in Europe now, which is very important for me. This tournament is going to bring me a lot of confidence.”

Isner was bidding to win his first trophy of the year, having also finished runner-up at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Federer). He dropped to 0-2 in clay-court title matches.

“I came out of the gates slow. I wasn't quite there,” admitted Isner. “It took a while to get warmed up and engaged in the match. I got better as the match went on.

“After the first set, the quality from both of us picked up a lot. I had some things go right in the second set. I saved a number of break points. But I had some things go against me in the third set. He was pressuring me pretty well all day. All in all, it was a good effort and was the best match I played all week. That's encouraging. I was a little tired, but I didn't feel it at the end.”

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