• Isner, Harrison set for all-American showdown

    1/8/13 5:10 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Isner, Harrison set for all-American showdown John Isner will contest his Sydney opener on Tuesday. Standing in his way of the quarterfinals is compatriot Ryan Harrison.

    John Isner and Ryan Harrison will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers when they collide in round two of the Apia International on Tuesday afternoon. Isner has won both of their previous encounters; 6-1, 7-5 three years ago in Memphis and 7-6(4), 6-3 in a semifinal on the grass courts of Newport last summer.

    The tables could turn for this one because Isner heads into it with far more questions than answers. Sydney's No. 1 seed had to pull out midway through last week's Hopman Cup due to minor knee tendinitis. Furthermore, Isner did not end 2012 in good form. The 13th-ranked American won only four matches after capturing the Winston-Salem title--and just two following the U.S. Open.

    Harrison compiled a respectable 23-24 record at the ATP level last season, but he climbed just 10 spots in the rankings. The 20-year-old American kicked off his 2013 campaign by qualifying for the Brisbane draw, but he promptly fell to Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-6(4). Harrison advanced in Sydney on Tuesday when Roberto Bautista Agut--the Chennai runner-up--retired after three games.

    Isner is the favorite on paper, but it remains to be seen how his knee holds up. Based on weather conditions, current form, and physical state, Harrison in a three-set upset is the pick.

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That seems a bold prediction at first, but I don't know what to think of this one. I almost want Isner to lose so he can take more time to heal before the AO.

ts38 , 1/8/13 11:02 PM

a little recap of the Paire-Wawrinka bromance in Chennai that resulted in the title. Yall will enjoy it:

RickyDimon , 1/9/13 2:48 AM

Nice tiny URL!

Conspirator , 1/9/13 3:18 AM

got the winner right, wrong # of sets

RickyDimon , 1/9/13 6:19 AM

Izzy out of AO

ts38 , 1/10/13 2:07 PM

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