Former world No. 8 John Isner admitted he felt like he sort of let the American team down at the Davis Cup Finals. Isner, now ranked at No. 24 in the world, was nowhere near his best tennis at the Davis Cup Finals as he lost both of his singles match.
Isner wasn't the favorite to beat Jannik SInner but nobody expected he would lose 6-2 6-0 to the Italian. On Sunday, Isner delivered another disappointing performance as he was surprised by Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros.
Galav Riverson claimed one of the biggest wins of his career as he beat Isner 6-3 3-6 7-6 (5). “I wish I could have helped my team out more, and I didn't,” lamented Isner, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“It's pretty disappointing. “You know, you feel like you sort of let the guys down. I mean, I know they don't feel that way, but it's hard for me not to feel that way. That's really the beauty of these competitions.
It's the beauty of it, and it's the beast of it too. You can be the person that doesn't contribute. That was me”.
Isner and Co. out of the Davis Cup Finals
Frances Tiafoe beat Nicolas Mejia in the opening rubber of the tie against Colombia.
The American team felt it was possible to complete a sweep against Colombia but it all fell apart after Isner lost to Galan Riveros. “We knew we needed to win 3-0, and we needed to win most of them in straight sets if not all of them.
But we felt it was possible,” reflected USA captain Mardy Fish. “Frances going out there first against their No. 2, setting the table for us... I certainly didn't want to make him feel he had to win in straight sets or else, that's a lot of pressure, tough to do. The theme was just try and win, try and win at all costs, and it just didn't go our way”.