2/10/12 8:56 PM | Ricky Dimon
John Isner upsets Roger Federer in four sets on Friday in Switzerland. The win gives the visiting United States a commanding 2-0 advantage in the first round of the Davis Cup.
John Isner stunned Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the second Davis Cup singles rubber between the United States and Switzerland on Friday evening. Following Mardy Fish's marathon five-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka, the visiting Americans hold a surprising 2-0 lead.
Federer started off well enough in his an attempt to get the momentum back for his Swiss squad. He won only eight return points in the first set, but four those came in the same game and led to a break for 2-1. Federer won all 14 of his first-serve points in the opener and closed out the set with a routine hold at 5-4.
Although Isner did not serve particularly well in the second, he picked up the pace with his all-court game. The 6'9'' American was in danger of facing a huge deficit early, but he fought off a break point in the first game of the set and managed to hold. His initial break of the day came in a marathon game at 3-2 during which Isner finally converted his sixth opportunity. Isner fought off one more break point at 4-2 before enjoying a more routine service game at 5-3 to finish off the set.
Both players held the entire way throughout the third, with Isner saving five break points and Federer saving three. Isner seized a mini-break on the first point of the tiebreaker en route to a 3-0 lead. The underdog gave it back at 4-2, but he earned another return point when Federer netted a forehand pass attempt at 4-4. Isner promptly held both of his service points, clinching the set with a forehand drop-volley at 6-4.
Federer's last gasp came at 2-2 in the fourth, as his opponent faced a 0-40 deficit. When Isner erased the chance and won five consecutive points to hold, it was all but over. The world No. 17 ended the match on a four-game winning streak, seizing breaks at 3-2 and 5-2 to finish off the upset in style. Isner capitalized on his first match point with a crushing backhand return winner.
"I played really well today," said Isner, who struck 51 winners and 31 unforced errors. "I shouldn't take the court if I don't believe I can go out there and win this match. It was the biggest win of my career. That's for sure. But what it means to me is our team is up 2-0."
Added USA captain Jim Courier: "You never know what you're going to get in Davis Cup."
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