Isner Breaks Into ATP Singles Top 10
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former Georgia men’s tennis standout John Isner used a win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Saturday to promptly move into the top 10 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career. His current No. 10 ranking makes him the first player since fellow Bulldog Mikael Pernfors to play four years at the college level before attaining a top-10 professional ranking.
Pernfors was ranked No. 10 in 1986.
Isner defeated Djokovic in Saturday’s semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, before falling to No. 3 Roger Federer in Sunday’s final, 7-6, 6-3. The win over Djokovic was Isner’s first over a top-ranked opponent and secured him his first ever appearance in an ATP Masters 1000 final. It was the first win for an American over a No. 1 since James Blake defeated Federer in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The 2011 U.S. Open quarterfinalist will next compete at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami this week before rejoining his Davis Cup teammates for the World Group quarterfinals April 6-8 in France.
Isner was a four-time All-America at Georgia from 2004-07 and led the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA title. He is still the school record holder in both singles and doubles wins for a career.