Top ranked American John Isner reached the semi-final of the season-opening Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells, consequently reentering the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in the process. Considering he did not participate in the Australian Open due to an ankle injury, this is a remarkable comeback for Isner, who admit he did not expect to return to the Top 10 so quickly.
“I did not expect to be this far along this early,” Isner said following his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. “I didn’t hit a ball for a full month after Australia, so, you know, it’s encouraging in that I played well this week. I certainly did.”
While he is satisfied with his performances this week, and ecstatic to be back in the Top 10, Isner understands that the only way to maintain his ranking position is to play consistently in the upcoming weeks.
“I think going forward in Miami, you know, I think I’ll be able to take the court feeling healthy,” he said. “I think the more matches that I play, the better shape I’m going to get in. That’s the best type of fitness you can do. These are the type of weeks I need to, you know, put back to back and whatnot to really establish myself, and not have so many sporadic results.”
Isner is scheduled to take part in the Sony Open in Miami, which takes place between March 19-30.