9/5/12 1:38 AM | Johan Lindahl
US captain Jim Courier believes a rest may be the best tonic for his big server, John Isner, as Isner takes a break after a poor US Open result.
Courier even thinks that losing early at the major might even spur Isner onto better play despite a reputation for doing poorly on courts outside of his USA comfort zone.
The test will come next week as the Americans travel to Gijon on the Atlantic coast of Spain to face the hosts with Isner, Sam Querrey and the Bryan Brothers in doubles. Spain is without long-term knee injury victim Rafael Nadal but can count on plenty of backup from David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.
"John losing (third round) in New York benefits his performance in Spain because he will get more rest and he needed it," Courier said on Tuesday at the final Grand Slam of the season. "He's over-scheduled himself, and he'll learn from that."
But the skipper added: "He's been incredible in Davis Cup this year. He's incredibly excited about Gijon, and he'll get some rest for it now. He's heading back to Tampa, and we'll be heading over Saturday night and gearing up."
Courier said that while Isner has had a poor year at the majors - he did not pass a third round - the Davis Cup date is another story entirely. "He's fired up about Davis Cup. When John's fresh and focused, he's beaten some substantial players this year.
"He's going to have to be fresh and focused to stand a chance against Ferrer and Almagro. Those guys are playing some serious clay-court tennis. They'll be ready to defend their country's colors."
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