I don't know if you happened to catch this little stat of mine over on Twitter, but this was the first time ever no American male had made a singles final before Indian Wells.
John Isner ended that notorious streak in a big way! But then again, if you're 6'9", the only way to do things is big.
Isner's in his first Masters 1000 final, having knocked off world number-one Novak Djokovic in three sets. He was regularly popping off serves in the 140s, then backing them up when Djokovic was getting the ball back in play. Isner's game's improved so much in the past eight months it's ridiculous. I thought top 20 would be as good as it got for him in his career, which segues into another topic of discussion in this post:
Isner is now a member of the world's top 10, an honor he'll be able to carry with him for the rest of his career and even after it's all sad and done. Crazy thing, too: If he wins the final, he can get all the way up to eight and become the top-ranked American, displacing Mardy Fish.
That final is going to be a doozy as he'll either have to play Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. In other words, it doesn't get any easier for the big guy, but that's life at the top--or near it!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.