Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Rome R1:  Isner def. Kohlschreiber 2-6 7-6(3) 6-2
Isner wasn't all the way there the first 1.5 sets, the first set was a complete tank after being broken, didn't have his serve and wasn't moving at all. But none of this should take away from how Kohli played, which was excellently.........until he was serving for the match. Tactically smart; made Isner move corner to corner which he couldn't, served well, great returning off second serves, made about two errors in total, and hit tons of dropshots, basically all being winners.
Everything changed when Kohli served for the match at 5-4 in set two. Kohli got nervy, started making errors and being much more passive from the baseline, lost complete control of the match and never regained it. To his credit, from 5 all in set two through the rest of the match, John's serve started firing and he was dictating more rallies and being more assertive from the baseline, started coming forward more often on his own accord, but Kohli really crumbled completely. A horrible loss for Kohli, and a testament as to why he isn't a top 20 player.
Would have been easy for John to simply tank and admit defeat, but he didn't do so and as soon as he got his teeth into the match, he took over and showed good fight. Did what he had to do to win and sometimes that's all it takes.