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Isner on a roll entering the US Open

Serve remains dominant, but will return game undermine American's success?

Updated: August 22, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

One night during Wimbledon, I walked down Wimbledon Hill Road to have dinner with IMG's Carlos Fleming, the agent to Venus Williams, Cam Newton and Marion Bartoli, among others, encountering along the way some barometer of American tennis seemingly with every step.

On the steepest part of the hill I passed the mercurial Ryan Harrison, who had just lost to Jeremy Chardy earlier in the day. Near the door inside the restaurant, James Blake and John Isner sat with a group at a large table.

Blake ...

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