Williams and Isner doing well in Hopman Cup

Mardy Fish’s compatriots, Serena Williams and John Isner, are doing very well in Hopman Cup that is taking place on the Australian hard courts.

Both these players, with their brilliant performances, have guided America through to the final round.

It’s not certain yet though which team America would be confronting for the title.

The Americans won both the singles as well as the doubles matches in the semi final tie against Czech Republic and completed a whitewash.

They could have lost one of the singles, the one that was played between Serena and Safarova.

That match had gone down to the wire and it was just a matter of a couple of points at the end.

One or two points here and there and it would have been Czech Republic’s match, but, Serena, being the fierce competitor that she is, did not surrender till the very end despite the fact that she was not in her zone.

Talking to the reporters afterwards, the veteran said, “I don’t like giving up. It is not in my nature. I have played so many tough matches in the past and one thing I have learnt is that you’ve got to hang in there even when the shots are not coming off as well as you would like.”

Isner who won his singles match in a more comfortable way than Serena was very happy to get past the semis.

When he was asked if he thinks, he and Serena are better than any other mixed American pair that has come on to the scene ever, he said, “Well, I can’t say anything about that. But, I do think that we are a decent team. Playing with one of the greats of the game, it’s always an honour.”

ISNER BEATS ANDERSON

Mardy Fish’s compatriot, John Isner, has defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2012. Isner won the match by 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 7-6(7).

It was a mighty close match and could have gone either way. But, Isner was terrific in the tie breaker of the third set. He saved three match points and pulled off a great victory. The match went on for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Neither of the two players managed to get even a single breakthrough in the entire match. All the three sets were decided in the tie breaker. In the tie breaker of the first set, the scores were levelled at 2-2 at one point of time, but, thereafter, Anderson lost the plot and lost the next five points on the trot.

In the 11th game of the second set, Anderson got three breakpoints, but, he wasn’t able to take advantage of any of them and the second set went into the tie breaker as well.

In the tie breaker of the second set, both the players fought very hard and the score was levelled at 8-8 before Anderson won two points consecutively to win the second set.

Anderson was ahead in the tie breaker of the final set as well. But, he again missed the opportunities and allowed Isner to run away with the match.

After winning the match, Isner said, “It was really a very interesting match. Both of us served brilliantly. It was the closest match that I have ever played in my career. I was a bit nervous towards the end, but, luckily, I managed to save those match points and then, won the match eventually.”

In the third round, Isner will play against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic.