Isner Loses on Points, Wins Match…Again
Last month, I noticed that John Isner wins a whole lot of matches despite losing more than half of the total points. Such matches are not terribly rare, but Isner is in a class by himself–it happened eight times last season alone.
Sure enough, he’s picking up right where he left off. In his first match of the year, he beat Robin Haase 36 76(4) 75, despite losing 110 of 211 total points.
While Isner managed to break serve once (in his one attempt), he was amazingly inept against Haase’s serve, winning only 24 percent of points on return. I haven’t made a thorough survey, but that’s one of the lowest return success rates I’ve ever seen.
Between this and the staggering numbers of tiebreaks played by the likes of Isner and Ivo Karlovic, it really seems like the tallest guys are playing a different sport.