Ok, nobody here to give the bad news; Arnaud lost the final 6/3 5/7 7/6 (2)
I stayed waking up until 6.am for...nothing
He got a match point on Isner's serve but it was not enough.
I'm too tired and disapointed to make a report (kezzi...? lol)
Anyway: this week in Auckland was very positive, arnaud is very fit, concentrated, motived, his game's level is good, we just can hope it's going on like that !!!
He took 2h 18m - the tournament's longest match and his fourth two-hour marathon of the week - to dispense with pesky French veteran Arnaud Clement 6-3 5-7 7-6(2) in a fascinating contest of styles.
But Isner's run to the Panasonic Singles crown probably began at the 2009 tournament, where he came through qualifying to eventually fall in the quarterfinals, developing a strong fan following with his never-say-die efforts.
"Last year, I played five really tough matches," he reflected on his arrival in Auckland last week. "If I can do that this year, I will have made it to the final."
And so it proved.
Neither player seemed prepared to take a backward step and when Isner had the first chance to break serve at 3-2 in the first set, Clement responded with three aces to save.
Perhaps that softened up the Frenchman, because he could not salvage his next service game and Isner served out the set, claiming it with his fifth ace.
The second went with serve and seemed headed for the tiebreak until Clement prised a break at 6-5 to claim the set. Isner admitted probably taking his eye off the ball, already looking ahead to a possible tiebreak.
He opened the third set with a break, Clement broke back immediately and actually seemed to be getting on top as his rival lost some rhythm in his play. Clement held a match point at 6-5, but could not capitalise.
"You know, I would rather win that game like I did than if I had won it to love," said Isner. "It gave me a lot of confidence to play pretty much a flawless tiebreaker.
The American seized an immediate edge in the tiebreak, Clement responded in kind, but Isner had three more points on his serve, the last - a crushing return into the backhand corner - the matchwinner.
"You know, you can win a match, you can lose a match, but the most important thing is to do your best on the day," rued Clement (32).
"I did my best and was very close to winning the match. It was very disappointing ... it's hard, but it's OK."
Isner made the most of his biggest weapon - his overpowering serve - sending down 22 aces and just two double faults, while connecting with with 73% of his first serves.
He had one more special delivery after the match when he announced to the media his intention to donate $US5000 to Red Cross for the Haiti earthquake relief fund.
"Of course I'm disappointed to lose in the final but I think I played well during the entire week," Clement said. "I think it worked out pretty well. I played good matches, beat good players and today couldn't beat Isner who played a great match. This is probably his first title of many to come.
"Overall I'm very happy with my game. If I play like this all year long I think I have a chance to be back in the Top 20."
Is Via's boycott over now ?