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Can Isner Win a Slam?

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"I believe I can," said Isner, who will crack the Top 10 when the rankings are released next week. "You know, Slams are tough. It's the most physical, in my opinion. You're playing three out of five. If I were to run up against Djokovic again in a Slam; even if, you know, we were playing three out of five today, I would have to finish him off with one more set. So I know it's so tough, but I enjoy the challenge. There are three more this year, and I'm gonna try to do the best I can."
He thinks he can! I don't think so though. He may beat Novak or Federer but Nadal or Murray will get him

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Re: Can Isner Win a Slam?

No.
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Re: Can Isner Win a Slam?

I don't think so. 7 x matches best of 5 might be too much for him. You saw how tired he got during rallies against Djokovic. He is certainly probably one of the more feared players to play against even when including the top 4, but I don't think he'll be good enough to win a slam, even in New York where the conditions suit him best.

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Re: Can Isner Win a Slam?

No. Too many Best-of-5 set matches in a row. He will be fatigued by the start of the 2nd week if he can make it that far....and would need to grind out 4 or 5 setters to beat the top players in the 2nd week. It's just too much for a 6'9 guy to recover from and stay at a high enough level to win.
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I don't think so. 7 x matches best of 5 might be too much for him. You saw how tired he got during rallies against Djokovic. He is certainly probably one of the more feared players to play against even when including the top 4, but I don't think he'll be good enough to win a slam, even in New York where the conditions suit him best.
Let's not forget that he is too tall and could get injured more often. He might do some damage at the French. haha. We have seen how he can be unbreable at Wimbledon but I don't think he is good enough to be a grand slam champ

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Nooo, he is to confident i think.....saying such things... best of 5, need to take down at least 2 of big 4 at slam, they all play their best at slams.... I think there is not much he can improove, his movement can be maybe better and ROS too, BH too, but what we saw today against Nole was pretty much Isner near his best and still he was lucky to win that match.

Nole can serve better and play better and would beat him without going to Tie-breaks, Murray can read his serve and he generally is bad match-up for big servers. Rafa on RG, AO and Wimbledon will beat him, USO Isner has chance. And Roger with his serve and most offensive guy from big 4 will beat him at slams. Guys like Tsonga, Delpo, even Berdych or Monfils if not clowning around can beat him for sure.

I forgot 7 matches, he isn´t capable of winning matches easy in straight sets, he is playing Tie-breaks and loosing sets to mugs all the time at slams. He is loosing to much energy in early rounds and than in QF, SF, F there will be guys that will either grind him down or have great serve to hold their service games and beat him in Tie-breaks or so
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Re: Can Isner Win a Slam?

I think he can. If he can show some consistency, he is definitely a second tier player ... in there with Tsonga, Berdych, Soderling etc. etc. He would need a little luck, but he is pretty skilled for such a big guy. I am sure he is a nightmare to have in your section of the draw.

I mean, he beat Federer on clay, in Switzerland, in a best of 5 match pretty recently ... so who knows?
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If he can get ranked high enough he won't have to play tough 5 set matches until the later rounds. Problem for him has always been playing tough matches early like at this years AO and the famous Wimby match. imo he has a great chance to win the USO in the next few years with the 5th set tb, possibly Wimbledon if he improves his S/V game.
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It's just too much for a 6'9 guy to recover from and stay at a high enough level to win.
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Not unless he gets insanely lucky with the draw at the US Open, straight sets his way to the semis, then serves 75% the remaining two matches.
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The only way for Isner to win a slam is for his return game to improve immensely. I was impressed how he got Simon and Djokovic. But I have a feeling this is his hot form and will cool off.

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The only way for Isner to win a slam is for his return game to improve immensely. I was impressed how he got Simon and Djokovic. But I have a feeling this is his hot form and will cool off.
Yeah, it is a shame that the Roland Garros is coming up and not the USO. I'd be very interesting in seeing how he'd do playing at this level in New York.
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Isner is a young player. Tall players mature much later, Karlovic peaked in his early 30s. There is a good chance imo Isner can survive the retirement of Fedal when the slams become wide open. Hopefully he wins one before then, he deserves to win in a peak era instead of a clown one.
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5 setter will require a lot of consistency and stamina.I'm afraid he will get exhausted after several long matches.
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Most probably in US Open.
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