Big-serving American John Isner admitted he stood no chance against Italian world No. 12 Fabio Fognini at the ATP Cup on Tuesday. Isner, ranked at No. 19 in the world, needed to beat Fognini in order to force a deciding tie but failed to do so as the Italian won 6-4 7-6 (5).
Isner is considered one of the best servers on the Tour but he faced break points in three service games against Fognini. On the other side, the Italian put up a good serving display as he faced only one break point -- which he successfully saved.
"I couldn't really penetrate on him at all," Isner said, per the ATP Cup. "It was tough out there. He passes so well. Conditions are maybe a little bit slow, so it's tough to hit through the court, especially against a player like him.
That's what I was having issues at tonight." At the age of 32, Fognini clinched his maiden win over 34-year-old Isner as the American ended on the winning side in their previous two clashes.