John Isner ‘Surprise’ Leads to Quick Start for United States vs. Canada | ATP circuit
John Isner made a quick start for the United States in the ATP Cup on Sunday when he beat Canada’s Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-4 in 66 minutes.
The American had to scramble at the last moment when he learned he would play Schnur in place of Shapovalov, who withdrew from the No.2 singles match due to fatigue. But the 36-year-old took care of the business with a full performance in which he saved the only breaking point he faced.
“I surprised myself how well I played here,” Isner said during his interview on the pitch. “You always work hard in the offseason, but you never really know what might happen in that first game of the year.”
Isner broke twice in the first set and used his soaring serve to capitalize on the advantage. The American has never looked back, scoring 10 aces and winning 46% of his return points in his win inside Qudos Bank Arena.
âI actually like this pitch a lot. It’s not too fast which I prefer. It gives me a little time to swing on my shots so big. It helps me a lot,â Isner said. . “We’re off to a good start, I hope we can continue like this.”
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It was Isner’s first ATP Cup victory. Two years ago he represented his country in the team event, but failed to achieve a victory.