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August 27, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Roger Federer, owner of 17 Grand Slam titles, the most in history, opened his U.S. Open on Tuesday with a sloppy win over Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Federer had originally been scheduled to play Monday night but rain postponed the match. Two American men also made it into the second round. The 6-foot-9 John Isner and Sam Querrey, who used to live in Thousand Oaks, both moved on. Isner, seeded 13th, beat Filippo Volandri 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 and made it look easy. Querrey, the 26th seed, struggled before downing Guido Pella 7-6 (3)
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October 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former Hopman Cup champion John Isner will partner with up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens next January in the Hopman Cup, a warm-up event for the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Stephens upset No. 1-ranked Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open, but Williams went on to win two majors this season, the French Open and U.S. Open. Stephens started the year ranked No. 38 in the world and has moved up to 12th. Isner won the 2011 Hopman Cup with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2011 and won with Venus Williams in 2013.
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August 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
John Isner, the top-seeded American man in the U.S. Open main draw at No. 9, survived the crafty shot-making and continual temper tantrums displayed by 32-year-old Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse on Wednesday in a first-round singles match. Isner won, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (9), and kept his mouth shut when Malisse couldn't. Among many rants, Malisse told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, in an impolite way, to keep its collective mouth shut; was disgruntled when suite-holders didn't keep their doors shut and acted stunned when fans weren't back in their seats promptly after changeovers, as if he had never been in New York before.
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August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - John Isner had played long and late Thursday to pull out a physically taxing four-set win over flashy Frenchman Gael Monfils, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) at the U.S. Open. The New York crowd had firmly planted itself on the side of the Frenchman, chanting Monfils' name and standing when he would take a tumble, get up and hit a winner. On Saturday, Isner got another chance against 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, a more subdued German who had upset Isner in the third round here last year.
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August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - John Isner had played long and late Thursday to pull out a physically taxing four-set win over flashy Frenchman Gael Monfils, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) at the U.S. Open. The New York crowd had firmly planted itself on the side of the Frenchman, chanting Monfils' name and standing when he would take a tumble, get up and hit a winner. On Saturday, Isner got another chance against 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, a more subdued German who had upset Isner in the third round here last year.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
WIMBLEDON -- John Isner stayed in the hunt for a medal for the U.S. tennis team in the Olympics at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but next up is No. 1 Roger Federer. Isner, the only remaining U.S. man in the draw, got into yet another long duel at Wimbledon, winning this time over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, 7-5, 7-6 (14). His match with Federer will be a quarterfinal. Another U.S. player, Venus Williams, a gold medal winner in three Olympics--twice in women's doubles and once in singles, lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in two tiebreakers, with an identical 7-5 tiebreaker score in each.
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August 2, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Serena Williams remained the last U.S. singles tennis player standing Thursday in the London Olympics at Wimbledon. But John Isner gave it a great try, losing to yet another Roger Federer magic moment. Williams coasted past former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-0, 6-3, continuing her dominance of the women's bracket. She hit 30 winners, including six aces, and will face off in the semifinals against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Azarenka beat Germany's Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 7-5. Isner, the 6-foot-9 rising U.S. men's star, stretched No. 1 Federer to a second-set tiebreaker, but lost, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
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September 3, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Ninth-seeded John Isner, who was called for a foot-fault during his serve and later angrily smashed a racket, was an upset loser to 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open that began Sunday night and ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday in New York. As the second week of the biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. gets started, there is only 20th-seeded Andy Roddick and 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish left in the men's singles draw from the United States.
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October 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former Hopman Cup champion John Isner will partner with up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens next January in the Hopman Cup, a warm-up event for the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Stephens upset No. 1-ranked Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open, but Williams went on to win two majors this season, the French Open and U.S. Open. Stephens started the year ranked No. 38 in the world and has moved up to 12th. Isner won the 2011 Hopman Cup with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2011 and won with Venus Williams in 2013.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier announced Tuesday that John Isner , who was upset in a dramatic five-set match by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the U.S. Open , and Californian Sam Querrey , who lost a fourth-round match to sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych , will play singles, and Bob and Mike Bryan will play doubles in an upcoming Davis Cup semifinal match between the U.S. and S pain . Spain announced that...
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August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK  - Alison Riske, an unseeded 23-year-old from Pittsburgh, showed no nerves and had plenty of big ground strokes in upsetting seventh-seeded and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0, in a third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Unassuming German Philipp Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, for the second straight year, upset 13th-seeded American John Isner in the third round. Isner fell 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Riske is part of a large group of young American women making their presence felt at this Grand Slam event, including 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, who will play top-seeded Serena Williams on Sunday in the fourth round.
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August 27, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Roger Federer, owner of 17 Grand Slam titles, the most in history, opened his U.S. Open on Tuesday with a sloppy win over Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Federer had originally been scheduled to play Monday night but rain postponed the match. Two American men also made it into the second round. The 6-foot-9 John Isner and Sam Querrey, who used to live in Thousand Oaks, both moved on. Isner, seeded 13th, beat Filippo Volandri 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 and made it look easy. Querrey, the 26th seed, struggled before downing Guido Pella 7-6 (3)
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April 14, 2013 | Wire reports
The time was right for Trey Burke. The Michigan star made it official Sunday: He's leaving the Wolverines to enter the NBA draft. The move came as no surprise after Burke was voted the Associated Press national player of the year and led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore. Burke also considered going to the NBA a year ago, but he came back for another season. Now he departs with his stock seemingly peaking. "I just felt like this was the best opportunity for me," Burke said.
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March 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Rafael Nadal wore a bright aqua shirt and a scowl as he came onto Stadium 1 Court at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night to play his first hard-court tennis match in 346 days. Nadal has avoided hard surfaces as he has tried to rest his left knee that has been afflicted with tendinitis. After a tentative comeback at two clay court tournaments where the ground is more forgiving, Nadal made his debut at Indian Wells a winning one. Nadal nervously fell behind 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison in the first set, then the fifth-seeded Spaniard came back to win 7-6 (3)
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January 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Can Serena Williams win a calendar year Grand Slam? Where's Rafael Nadal, and when will he be back? As the 2013 tennis season begins in earnest Sunday (Monday in Melbourne) at the Australian Open, we know that Nadal is not back. He has withdrawn from the first major of the year, as he did from the Olympics and the U.S. Open last year, saying his knee tendinitis has now been trumped by a stomach virus. Williams, though, seems in the best shape of her career and is still on the high of winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
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September 15, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Even without facing Rafael Nadal, the United States is on the brink of elimination by the clay-court masters from Spain. Sam Querrey and John Isner lost their opening singles matches Friday, giving the defending champions a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup semifinals at Gijon, Spain. David Ferrer put the hosts ahead in the best-of-five series with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Querrey. Nicolas Almagro beat Isner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to leave Spain one point from its fourth final in five years.
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June 26, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams, just a day after losing in the first round of Wimbledon, was named as both a singles and doubles player for the 2012 Olympics, which will also be played at Wimbledon. Venus will be joined on the women's singles team, chosen by the United States Tennis Assn., by her sister Serena Williams, Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko. The world's No. 1 doubles team, Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber, will represent the U.S. The Williams sisters will be the other U.S. doubles teams.
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March 15, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
John Isner, all 6 feet 9 of him, had a tall order Thursday night at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. He was the last man standing, of sorts. All the other U.S. singles players, male and female, had headed elsewhere. The top-seeded U.S. men's player, Mardy Fish at No. 8, had been ousted. On the women's side, with the Williams sisters holding fast to their boycott of this event, there was nothing red, white and blue left. So that left it to Isner, seeded No. 11. A victory would put him into his first Indian Wells semifinals.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier announced Tuesday that John Isner , who was upset in a dramatic five-set match by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the U.S. Open , and Californian Sam Querrey , who lost a fourth-round match to sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych , will play singles, and Bob and Mike Bryan will play doubles in an upcoming Davis Cup semifinal match between the U.S. and S pain . Spain announced that...
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