John Isner explains why Novak Djokovic is for him toughest Big Three to play

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John Isner explains why Novak Djokovic is for him toughest Big Three to play

Former world No. 8 John Isner has picked Novak Djokovic as the Big Three that is the toughest to face. Isner, who is widely considered one of the best servers in tennis history, says Djokovic reads his serve better than anyone else.

Against Djokovic, Isner has played 12 times as he has two wins and 10 losses. "It's probably Novak. Even though I played Rafa on clay off the top of my head, I played him on clay like four times. I think, once at the French Open, you know, that's one of the toughest tasks in our sport, in sports period.

It's beating that guy on clay and but even more so than that beating him at as we know Roland Garros. But I would say it's Novak, it when he's locked in and dialed and taking my serve standing on the baseline returning, my first serve and just anticipating where my service going," Isner said on the Baseline Intelligence Podcast, per Sportskeeda.

Isner: There were times against Djokovic when I felt helpless

"I've felt helpless on the court, probably on one hand where I knew I had no shot and I wasn't even, I was having huge trouble holding serve and three of those times have been against Novak," Isner said.

After losing his first two matches against Djokovic, Isner won their third meeting after beating the Serb 7-6 (7) 3-6 7-6 (5) in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters semifinal. In the fourth match, Djokovic claimed his third victory over Isner.

Then, Isner won their fifth meeting at the 2013 Cincinnati Masters. That was Isner's last victory over Djokovic as the Serb won their last five meetings. Isner and Djokovic haven't played against each other since 2019.

In the 2019 Shanghai Masters round-of-16, Djokovic saw off Isner in straight sets. It remains to be seen if 37-year-old Isner will get another chance at Djokovic.