Slow conditions perfect for Big John Isner

Updated: April 11, 2012, 2:56 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Three months before he shocked Roger Federer in Davis Cup -- on clay, in Switzerland -- John Isner already was starting to feel it.

Four months before taking down No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at Indian Wells, five months before he stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -- on clay, in France -- to thrust the United States into the Davis Cup semifinals, Isner had begun to build the foundation for a run to the top 10.

It happened last November, in the final ...

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