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  • Pressure suddenly off Isner and Troicki

    4/7/13 4:41 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Pressure suddenly off Isner and Troicki A potential fifth Davis Cup rubber between the United States and Serbia would come down to John Isner and Viktor Troicki. The chances of it taking place, however, took a sudden hit on Saturday.

    John Isner and Viktor Troicki will square off for the fifth time in their careers if the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie between the United States and Serbia somehow goes to a live fifth rubber on Sunday afternoon in Boise, Idaho.

    Troicki is leading head-to-head series 3-1, including 2-1 on hard courts and 1-0 in Davis Cup. The Serb won a 2010 clash at home on clay 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, helping his nation reach the second round en route to its first title of the team event. Isner and Troicki have not faced each other since a 2011 Canada Masters encounter, which Troicki won 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

    Both players are coming off losses on Friday, although both were underdogs. Novak Djokovic took care of Isner 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-5 before Sam Querrey overcame Troicki 7-6(1), 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Unlike in previous seasons, losing isn't anything new for Isner. The 23rd-ranked American is a disappointing 7-8 for the season, which includes early exits in Indian Wells and Miami plus a knee injury that forced him out of the Australian Open.

    Troicki has been even worse throughout in 2013 campaign, having compiled a 4-8 record. The world No. 44 has not won back-to-back matches since Cincinnati last summer and he'll have to wait until later this month to have a chance of accomplishing such a feat. Recent results includes losses in the Indian Wells first round, the Dallas Challenger second round, and the Miami second round.

    Of course, this match will most likely not take place because Serbia has a 2-1 lead in the tie after Nenad Zimonjic and Illija Bozoljac stunned Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 in Saturday's doubles rubber. With Djokovic opening on Sunday against Troicki, this should not go past the fourth rubber. If it does, it means the United States has all the momentum and an inspired Isner should be able to power his way to a win in fast conditions at high altitude.

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