Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Roger Federer Tennis: Blames altitude and clay court in Davis Cup loss. “I played a good match” said the world No. 3, but was unable to secure a win against John Isner. The 6’ 9” American dominated the court and forced his way to victory in a convincing win in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Even with the home advantage on the side of Federer, it was not enough to defeat the 26 year old Isner who said the win was his best ever.
Roger Federer Tennis: Blames Altitude and Clay Court in Davis Cup Loss
PARIS – Roger Federer slumped to his first Davis Cup defeat in nine years on Friday when he was shocked 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 by John Isner as the United States opened up a 2-0 lead over Switzerland.
World number three Federer, playing a World Group first round tie for the first time in eight years, saw his 15-match winning streak in the competition ended by the giant Isner on the indoor clay courts at Fribourg.
Isner secured victory with three return winners as the 32-time Davis Cup champions moved closer to a quarterfinal spot.
Federer insisted that he and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Olympic doubles champions, can still pull the tie around by winning Saturday’s doubles against Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison.
“I played a good match considering the altitude and the fact that it was my first match on clay since the French Open,” said Federer.
“It’s a tough loss, but we are not down and out yet. Stan and I will pick ourselves up just like we did at the Olympics.”
Isner described the win as the best of his career and gave credit to captain Jim Courier.
“The way I played today is the way I need to play in all my matches. I owe it to Jim Courier – he was on at me to hit all my shots. It’s the win of my life,” said Isner, who unleashed 85 winners.
Courier said Isner got his tactics just right against the 16-time Grand Slam title winner whose last Davis Cup singles loss came in 2003 when he was defeated by Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt in Melbourne.
“The mission was to go out there and not allow an artist a canvas to work with,” said Courier. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Roger Federer Tennis: blames altitude and clay court in Davis Cup loss, however, the Swiss tennis star is determined to pick up the pieces and move forward. John Isner recently defeated David Nalbandian at the Australian Open 2012. Dalbandian lost his cool and lost his head by smashing 4 racquets as Isner calmly continued to play and win in the second round of the tournament.