John Isner reveals key behind his recent success

Isner has made at least semifinal in each of his last three tournaments played.

by Dzevad Mesic
John Isner reveals key behind his recent success

John Isner, 36, is happy with his current form as he has acknowledged that good scheduling is one of the keys behind his recent success. After suffering a shock to Yoshihito Nishioka in the Wimbledon first round, Isner returned to the hard courts and made the semifinal in Los Cabos, before winning Atlanta the following week.

After winning Atlanta, Isner skipped Washington and returned to action at last week's Cincinnati Masters, where he made the semifinal. Isner is now playing at this week's Cincinnati Masters, where he has made the round-of-16.

" I don't really feel like it's that far-fetched for me. It's definitely the time of year that I like. You know, I didn't have a good Wimbledon. I didn't play any grass court warmups. That was on purpose;" Isner said. "I just wanted to take my shot at Wimbledon and see what would happen.

Didn't go well. Lost first round. That was a bitter pill to swallow, for sure. "After Wimbledon, I had some, you know, more time off to, I guess, stew over that loss. But the one thing I did was take care of myself, worked hard, got myself healthy and fit.

I have been playing well ever since."

Isner made the right decisions

"I think I have been very smart with my schedule, also. You know, starting in Mexico and Atlanta, playing a lot of matches. I had to take D.C. off, which was smart, and, you know, I did that because I knew I could do well in these two tournaments, Toronto and Cincy.

That's proving to be the case right now," Isner noted. Isner has revealed that he will likely skip indoor tournaments in Europe. "Yeah, that's very likely. I'll play Indian Wells maybe. We're having another kid. Just playing in Europe and indoors is not something -- I do love that time of year, I really do, because the cities you play in are amazing, like I love going to Vienna and I love playing Paris at the end of the year. I have played Stockholm before," Isner said.

John Isner