His level dropped so badly in the next 2 sets that it made us forget about the 1st set, so it's not bad to have the input of somebody who's seen only the 1st set!
It turned really ugly after that, he was always trailing, looked horribly agitated, he was standing miles behind the baseline to return the serve, so Isner just had to play a short volley after the return, it was a nightmare. He didn't have one single BP in the whole match although Isner was serving only 38% first serves in the 3rd set. Nothing was working in his game, he seemed to have no gameplan at all, he was looking just lost and frustrated out there.
But I have to say Isner played definitely better than he was in Washington 2 years ago, when he was only serve and playing from the stand. His 1st serve stats in the 3rd set look terrible, but he didn't do us the favour of a little choke job either. :-/
Gaël tanked the end of the 2nd set, which I find OK, he had no chance to come back in that set. He was trying again in the 3rd set.
But it's not so easy when you're playing utter crap to get over the frustration and be patient enough, playing Isner doesn't help when one has lost the plot, the game was so disjointed. Sometimes Gaël manages pretty well to get over the fact that he plays ugly tennis, but yesterday he let it completely get to his mind, he looked nervous, maybe tired too.
As much as I hate seeing him lose to
Isner, I don't find tragic he will now have almost two weeks to rest, let that knee heal properly and get ready for Miami, I think a little break won't harm.