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Isner Defeated

Mardy Fish’s countryman John Isner was defeated by Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the opening round of the Canadian Open yesterday. He lost in three sets by 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

This is the second event in a row in which Isner has suffered a first-round exit. The same had happened to him in Citi Open as well a few days back. He had been knocked out from there by his compatriot Steve Johnson.

There was a long delay in the start of the match between Isner and Dodig because of the weather conditions. It had to be played in afternoon, but, because of heavy showers, it was postponed to night.

The players find it a little uncomfortable to wait for their matches to get underway especially when the delay is so long. Dodig spoke about that in his post match press conference.

In the words of the Croatian, “It’s slightly difficult to be honest. Waiting for a long time and also, you have to go to another court. These things tend to frustrate you a little bit. Nevertheless, all is well for me at the end of the day.”

It was Dodig’s first appearance on the tour in 8 weeks. He had been out because of a fracture in his ribs. He had to cope with Isner’s lightening serves and he coped with them quite well.

Isner, the 6 ft 10 in tall player, smashed 13 aces in the match. He was so gutted after his defeat that he didn’t come to the conference room to talk to the reporters.

Isner, being the higher ranked player, was the favourite to win this match, but, Dodig created an upset with an all round performance.

Isner has already won a couple of tournaments this year.

Roddick Still Super Popular

Andy Roddick quit professional tennis two seasons back, but, his stardom in the United States is still the game. He went to Villanova the other day for a short visit and it was amazing to see people incredibly excited about his arrival there.

There is a reason behind the immense popularity of a retired chap like Roddick in America. The country has, all of a sudden, stopped producing top class players, in the male category. There are no new superstars whom people can embrace.

It’s the same land where people like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras had come from, but, today, if you count the number of American male players who are placed in top 100 in the world rankings, you would be very disappointed with the result. It’s only 6 American guys who have a world ranking of less than 100 at the moment.

That’s pretty shameful for USA considering the rich history that they have had in the game. There was a period when at least one of the slams was almost guaranteed to be won by an American player, but, not any more.

More than a decade has passed now since a male player from USA had lifted the slam trophy last. It was Roddick himself who had done that in 2003. He had achieved glory at Flushing Meadows.

But, that was the start of a slam drought for America which is still going on and it doesn’t seem that somebody is going to end it in near future.

When Roddick was asked why the American players in the recent past haven’t managed to be as successful as they were in the last decade, he said, “There is huge pressure on the young players here and that affects them adversely. You’ve got to give the kids time to find their feet.”

“The same thing had happened with me when I had come first up, but, as I got experienced, I started ignoring criticism and I think the players of this generation need to do the same.”

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