PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 14, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Have you played here as a collegiate?
JOHN ISNER: No, I've never played here, any match
Q. So what's your thoughts?
JOHN ISNER: You know, it was a lot of fun. I hadn't even
stepped foot on that center court before, going out to
my match, so I didn't really know what to expect out
But you know, it was a little bit tough conditions
today. The wind was swirling, and after that first set I
stopped moving my feet and started shanking and
everything, which wasn't good.
But it was a lot of fun to play out there, center court.
I like it here, I feel like I played pretty well.
Q. Any nerves working out there for the first time in
JOHN ISNER: Maybe a little bit. I've played some
matches, and, some, pretty, you know, some decent sized
stadiums before, so it wasn't anything like completely
foreign to me, so...
Q. Can you talk about the match a little bit? Seemed
to get away from you for a little bit there. Might have
been a little scarey.
JOHN ISNER: I played pretty well in the first, and I got
an early break and I held on from there. I was down a
break in the second set and got that break back and
really felt like I was going to win in two sets there.
I think I had a couple break points at 4-All in the
second set to break and serve it out, which was what I
wanted to do, obviously. But I wasn't able to capitalize
at 4-All, and then played a pretty good tiebreak in the
Third set we just held serve all the way through. It was
a really tight match. He had four break points at 5-All.
I had 3 match points at 6-5, so it could have gone
either way, obviously. Could have gone either way, and I
got a bit fortunate today.
Q. After Washington and then the US Open you sort of
disappeared from the tour. I think a lot of people
thought you were going to play more. Obviously that was
strategy on your part. What were you doing at the end of
JOHN ISNER: Well, my ranking wasn't high enough where I
could -- because the tournament moved over to Europe,
you know, to indoors, and it wasn't high enough where I
could get into main draws over there.
So I stayed here in the states. I played some
challengers and I worked my rank and got it high enough
to where I'll get into the main draw of the Australian
Open. So I've been playing pretty much all ATP
tournaments since Australia.
So, yeah, I guess the last three months of '07 I did
kind of disappear a bit. I was in the states playing
challengers. You don't really read about that, so...
Q. Did you get a chance to follow the football team,
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, I follow them all the time. You know,
I don't know -- it's spring practice now. I can tell you
anything about Georgia football. Good thing about not
going over to Europe this past fall is I was able to go
to three home football games and one away game, which
was nice. So I got to go to four football games this
Q. Did you go to the Bowl?
JOHN ISNER: I did not. I was en route to Australia,
actually. I watched it in the airport in LA, the Sugar
Q. Not much suspense in that game.
JOHN ISNER: No, no, we dominated.
Q. Got pretty angry when they didn't get into the
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, I think we had some beef there.
Obviously we didn't win our conference, but I felt like
we were one of the best two teams in the country at that
point in the year. But, I don't know, Sugar Bowl is not
a bad consolation prize. We showed that we maybe
deserved to be in the national championship game, so it
Q. Maybe this year. It's pretty loaded, right?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, we're really, really good. We only
lost four or five of our starting 22 on offense/defense.
Runningback's really solid as a sophomore. We have a
redshirt freshman who is supposed to be just as good as
him; we'll see.
Q. Who do you play in the next match?
JOHN ISNER: Davydenko.
Q. What do you know about him, and what do you think
is going to be the key for him?
JOHN ISNER: I know he's really, really good. That's
about it. (Laughter.) 4 or 5 in the world. I think he's
No. 4. Obviously I'm going to have to serve well.
I think -- I think I'm going to be able to hold a good
amount and just take my chances on his service games,
try to get to the net. I don't want to be rallying with
him. That's what he does best: Stays back from the
backcourt and will outrally you.
So I've got to be the aggressor, and we'll see what
Q. Any concerns about the wind if it's windy like
this against Davydenko? Do you think that's a problem
for you, or do you think it could help you?
JOHN ISNER: I rather it not be as windy. It was kind of
tricky today. You know, my toss can kind of get away
from me. It can kind of get away from you. I think kind
of maybe heavy winds can kind of take away my serving
So I don't know what the forecast says, but hopefully it
will die down a little. But if it doesn't, both players
have to deal with it, so...
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