Photo: Corinne DubreuilJohn Isner (USA)
John Isner has had an almost dream first half of 2012, reaching a career high of world No.9 in April while also leading USA into the World Group semifinals of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas with victory over France on the red clay of the Monte Carlo Country Club.
"I kind of had a feeling 2012 was going to be a good year for me, and so far it has been good,” remarked the American No.2 following a first round victory in Roland Garros. “For it to be really, really good, I've got to do well in tournaments such as this.”
This is all alongside the prospect of representing his country in the Olympics on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
“That's something that I've been looking forward to for a very, very long time because I missed out on the 2008 Games. I'm very fortunate that I'm gonna be on the team, and as far as it being played on grass, I think it makes it a little bit more special, in my opinion.
“The Olympic Games is obviously huge. It's really like the fifth Grand Slam this year. To have it at the mecca of tennis, really, at Wimbledon makes it a lot more special, in my opinion.”
Next up for Isner and Team USA in the Davis Cup semifinal is the ultimate test of a player’s ability as they travel to Spain who are unbeaten at home in the competition since 1999.
“Whenever captain Courier calls my name to play Davis Cup, I'm going to do it. I don't care where the team is going… I think if our team can go all the way, it will obviously be a huge accomplishment.”
Isner has already shown this year he is more than capable of producing results on the road in the competition.
A special performance against Roger Federer in a 46 63 76(4) 62 victory in the first round was backed up by victories against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon two months later, all of which came on arguably his weakest surface and the likely choice for the semifinal as well – red clay.
The American is keen to extol the virtues of all the titles up for grabs, viewing all the upcoming tournaments as of equal importance.
"I don't know if I can choose one over the other. I mean, winning a Grand Slam is what everybody plays for. Then winning the Olympics, that only comes around every four years. Then again, Davis Cup is also huge.
“I saw the guys win it (Davis Cup) in 2007, and I saw how just how happy they were and how it was just a huge accomplishment. We are pretty close to achieving that Davis Cup goal. Obviously we're not looking past Spain for any reason, but I think to be able to accomplish any one of those goals would be very special.”