4/4/13 8:29 PM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic is going up against John Isner on the first day of Davis Cup action between Serbia and the United States. They will contest Friday's opening singles rubber.
Novak Djokovic and John Isner will be squaring off for the fourth time in their careers when they collide in the first Davis Cup rubber between Serbia and the United States on Friday afternoon in Boise, Idaho.
Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 2-1, including 1-0 in the team event. They faced each other during round one of the 2010 Davis Cup on clay in Serbia, where Djokovic survived 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4. Since then they have split a pair of hard-court showdowns; Djokovic prevailed 7-6(1), 6-2 three years ago in Beijing before Isner scored a 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(5) upset in the 2012 Indian Wells semifinals.
Isner was positively on fire when he stunned Djokovic last season, a win that came amidst a stretch that also included Davis Cup victories over Roger Federer, Gilles Simon, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Now, however, the 6'9'' American is in dreadful form. Isner is struggling down at No. 23 in the world and he is a mere 7-7 for the season after compiling a combined 1-2 record in Indian Wells and Miami.
Djokovic is looking to bounce back from a surprising straight-set loss to Tommy Haas in the Miami fourth round. The world No. 1 also fell to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Indian Wells semifinals, but he is still 19-2 for the year with titles at the Australian Open and in Dubai.
If Isner has anything going for him, it's that he is playing this rubber at home on a hard court and he generally thrives on the big stages (including in Davis Cup). He is 8-6 lifetime for the USA and five of his losses have come on clay. That being said, his lone hard-court loss came to a slumping Thomaz Bellucci two months ago in Jacksonville--which suggests that he can't emerge from this slump even with the fate of his team on the line.
Look for Djokovic to take care of Isner in straight sets.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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