Simon kept chipping away and, when Isner missed an easy volley at the net, Simon got his chance to pull back a set with Isner on his second serve. But the American kept his cool, and his forehand winner down the line got him out of danger.
The momentum had turned back in Isner’s favor, and his volley on the run gave him break point in the 11th game. After some great defending at the net, he led 6-5 and easily closed out the match.
Earlier, the sixth-ranked Tsonga found it tough at times against the 19-year old American, who was playing in his first meaningful Davis Cup match. Harrison’s aggressive shot-making forced Tsonga to hurry shots as he tried to shorten the rallies.
“His major weakness is that he is very, very nervy,” Tsonga said. “I knew that if I held on longer than him, it would be to my advantage.”
“I never double-fault that much, which is funny,” Harrison said. “The sun was against me on that side, and so was the wind.”
Harrison, ranked 66th and with only one Davis Cup match to his name — a meaningless dead rubber in the 5-0 thrashing of Switzerland in February — was far from intimidated and applied the early pressure.
It didn’t go unnoticed.
“You look at him and think ‘OK, he’s not feeling great,’” Tsonga said.
Courier then offered a sympathetic ear to the player at the end of the second set, nodding while Harrison spoke as they plotted a way to get back into the match.View Entire Story
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