Originally Posted by Roddickominator
I think the clay court helped Isner more than Federer
It most definitely did.
I still wonder who this Swiss moron was/is, thinking that this very high-bouncing clay would do the Swiss team a favour.
Preparing this particular kind of surface is such a
idea that it actually makes me
The high bounce kept putting any defensive shot by Federer right into Isner's wheelhouse and he was crushing forehand after forehand. Not to mention the obvious advantage of 20 ft high kick serves. Federer adjusted to some of the kick serves later in the match by taking them far back in the court, but Isner was ripping the reply for winners anyway. Also by far the best returning i've ever seen from Isner....the court slowing the ball down to give Isner extra time and the high bounce putting it right in Isner's zone resulted in a bunch of return winners.
Also, the court was crap. Neither player moved well on it, and there were plenty of bad bounces. Federer never seemed in rhythm to me and never seemed emotionally invested in the match.
John said it was the biggest win of his career, and I have to agree. Hopefully it gives him confidence that transfers to Masters series and Slams.
Nice post. BTW, Fed himself agrees with you, said that he himself "wasn't playing bad", but that Isner just played exceptional tennis today.