John Isner Scores Huge Win in Indian Wells
American John Isner scored the biggest win of his career on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, by upsetting World No 1 and defending Indian Wells Champion Novak Djokovic in three gruelling sets, 7-6 3-6 7-6 to reach his first ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Final and Top 10 of ATP rankings.
Big John becomes the first American to defeat a world No. 1 since James Blake ousted Roger Federer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“That’s why I play this game, to be able to enjoy moments like that,” mentioned Isner during the on-court interview after the semifinal ended. “The stadium was packed, wasn’t a seat in the house, and everyone was on their feet, cheering for me, too. It was very special when that last ball went by him and I knew I had won the match.”
The 26-year-old North Carolina native will now play Roger Federer in a rematch of their last month’s Davis Cup encounter, which ended with an upset on home soil for the Swiss super-star.
Isner is looking to become the first player since Jim Courier in 1991 to win both the singles and doubles titles, when he and doubles partner Sam Querrey will compete against Spaniards Rafael Nadal later on Sunday.