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John Isner has won the final U.S. Open warm up ATP tournament in Winston-Salem, Saturday. The young American recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over Czech Tomas Berdych.

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Confidence is key for record-breaker Roger Federerupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 10:14:00

You can't imagine that one of the greatest players in tennis history has ever lacked confidence, but Roger Federer is bubbling with it again after bouncing back from some heartbreaking defeats in the past few months.

Isner shocks Djokovic and faces Federer in finalupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 12:23:00

American John Isner has claimed the biggest victory of his career with a battling three-set win over world number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Indian Wells tournament.

Djokovic faces Isner in semifinals; Sharapova survives scareupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 12:53:00

Big-serving American John Isner stands between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his fourth final appearance in six years at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event in California.

Isner beats Federer as U.S. take commanding Davis Cup lead updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 18:40:00

Roger Federer suffered a stunning upset defeat to John Isner as the United States took a 2-0 lead Friday in their Davis Cup World Group first round match in Switzerland. Jon Wertheim: Roddick makes sadly fitting exit from Australian Openupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 13:12:00

Say this about actors, musicians, writers and other artists: They can age gracefully. Often they perform just fine deep into middle age. And when they can no longer hit the high notes or remember their lines, they can retreat slowly and privately.

Nadal into third round as Federer walks itupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 12:05:00

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remained on course for a semifinal showdown at the Australian Open with untroubled passage to the third round on Wednesday, but top American hope Mardy Fish became the first high-profile casualty of the men's draw.

Federer to play home hope Tsonga in Paris finalupdated: Sat Nov 12 2011 17:07:00

Roger Federer will play home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the Paris Masters title after the pair secured contrasting semifinal victories Saturday. Jon Wertheim: Stepanek, Radwanksa win titles in throwback styleupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 11:20:00

1. Stepanek goes old school: There was plenty of networking in Washington, D.C., last week. At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, 32-year-old Radek Stepanek -- who entered the week ranked No. 54 -- beat top-seeded Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in the final on Sunday for his first title in 2½ years.

Monfils edges Isner in semi classicupdated: Sun Aug 07 2011 10:05:00

Top seed Gael Monfils saved a match point before edging past American John Isner to reach the final of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington on Saturday.

Monfils to face Isner in Washington semisupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 10:57:00

Gael Monfils remains on course for his first final appearance of 2011 after a comfortable victory over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 in their quarterfinal clash at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Monfils doubles up to reach Legg Mason quartersupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 07:07:00

World number seven Gael Monfils won two matches at the Legg Mason Classic Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Washington tournament.

Holder Nalbandian dumped out of Legg Mason Classicupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 11:19:00

Holder David Nalbandian has gone out of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, beaten in straight sets by American James Blake.

Blake battles back in Atlanta, sets up Isner clashupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 08:12:00

American James Blake overturned a one-set deficit to defeat Ernests Gulbis 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the opening round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Bruce Jenkins: Outmoded stadium leaves U.S. Open behind in Grand Slam arms raceupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 18:04:00

The U.S. Open opened Arthur Ashe Stadium to great fanfare in 1997, a state-of-the-art facility that seemed to represent everything great about big-time tennis in New York. Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon midterm gradesupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 02:09:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- The rain is coming and going. Kate and William have yet to arrive. But the contenders remain, as does drama for week two. Herewith our Week One Wimbledon grades.

Memories of the longest match in tennisupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 07:08:00

John Isner recaps moments of the Wimbledon match that became the longest match played in the history of tennis.

125 years of Wimbledon: From birth of lawn tennis to modern marvelsupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 07:08:00

As museum curator for the world's oldest and arguably most prestigious major tennis tournament, Honor Godfrey lives Wimbledon's rich history every day.

Isner triumphs again in rematch of Wimbledon marathonupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 17:49:00

After just two hours and three minutes, John Isner stepped off the grass of Wimbledon's new No. 3 court a very relieved man on Tuesday.

Holder Nadal faces American Russell in Wimbledon openerupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 15:14:00

Defending champion Rafael Nadal must take on American Michael Russell in his opening match at Wimbledon next week, after the draw was revealed on Friday. Bruce Jenkins: College tennis could benefit today's players more than most realizeupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:48:00

I hadn't seen much college tennis until the NCAA tournament came to my area (Stanford) last month, and it was a revelation. It struck me that a lot of talented young players have no idea what they're missing, and that current trends on the women's pro tour could affect significant change.

Isner pushes Nadal all the way in openerupdated: Tue May 24 2011 16:19:00

Rafael Nadal survived a scare in his opening round match against John Isner at the French Open on Tuesday as the big-serving American took the five-time champion to five sets.

Djokovic and Federer set for semi clashupdated: Fri May 20 2011 14:06:00

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are on course to meet in the semifinals of the French Open after the draw for the second grand slam of the season was unveiled on Friday. Bruce Jenkins: Indian Wells champ Djokovic off to best start since Lendl in '86updated: Tue Mar 22 2011 13:53:00

Shortly before the start of the men's final at Indian Wells, ABC's Chris Fowler dropped an annoying bit of information. A rumor, actually. There was a patch of blue tape on Novak Djokovic's left knee, and Fowler hinted at insiders' concern that he might be developing a case of tendinitis. Bruce Jenkins: Australian Open provides case study in ethics of motivationupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 13:23:00

This has been quite a tournament for the ethics of motivation. While a number of men have departed the Australian Open with their dignity in tatters, Venus Williams defined herself as never before.

Nadal makes strong start in Australiaupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 02:44:00

Rafael Nadal is on track to win his fourth successive grand slam after Marcos Daniel was forced to retire during their first-round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Bruce Jenkins: What we learned from the first week of tennis seasonupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 12:09:00

The beauty of tennis' new year, aside from the anticipation surrounding the Australian Open, is the chance to isolate certain truths out of nothing. The past week saw a flurry of insignificant events, but there was much to be learned about some of the sport's key players:

In-form Federer makes history in Qatarupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 13:36:00

Roger Federer became the first tennis player to win the Qatar Open three times as he ended the reign of Nikolay Davydenko in Saturday's final.

Roddick through to quarterfinals in Brisbaneupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 11:59:00

Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the season-opening Brisbane International in Australia with a 6-4 6-1 triumph over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov on Wednesday.

Marathon man Isner sprints past Mahut in Wimbledon rematchupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 13:27:00

When John Isner played Nicolas Mahut in 2010, the American finally staggered off the court victorious -- 11 hours and a staggering 168 games later in the longest match in tennis history.

Roddick targets top eight in Shanghaiupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 12:04:00

Andy Roddick is still hoping to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London between the top eight players in the world next month, despite the American having slipped to 11 in the rankings on Monday.

Nadal through to Japan Open quarterfinalsupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 07:41:00

World number one Rafael Nadal has progressed to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open in Tokyo with a straight sets win over Canada's Milos Raonic. Jon Wertheim: Fedofiles, Rafaelites still in argument, more mailupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 19:20:00

Why can't Fedofiles and Rafaelites stop fighting over who's the best? Sit back and enjoy the fact that, combined, they're the greatest phenomenon in tennis history (21 of the past 23 and 25 of the past 30 Grant Slams)! They could potentially end their careers as the equal GOATs -- and we as fans should love them both for it! Look at the video of the two promoting their Credit Suisse exhibition -- they're clearly great mates and so we should stop creating a "hated rivalry" when it doesn't even exist!! I'm all RF, always have been, but RN has my 100% respect. Let's just enjoy the history, don't you think? --Michael, Hamilton, New Zealand Jon Wertheim: Emotional story of qualifier making headlines for first time since '99, more mailupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 21:09:00

How 'bout that Mirjana Lucic? Squeaks through the first round of qualifying, barely, winning the third-set tiebreak with no margin. Then wins Rounds 2 and 3 comfortably. And then she routines Alicia Molik. If you see her in a press conference, Jon, tell her she has supporters out there that are happy to see her in the mix again. --Dale Stafford, Atlanta Jon Wertheim: USTA put in tight spot with Nicolas Mahut wild-card situation, more mailupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 20:46:00

I'm wondering if anyone else feels that Nicolas Mahut, considering the historic nature and the quality of the match he played against John Isner at Wimbledon, deserved the courtesy of a U.S. Open wild card? (he lost in the last round of the qualies). Whether it is the USTA, the ATP, or any other governing body, something should have been done to acknowledge the appreciation many have developed for this courageous and talented player. John Isner, of course, is admitted directly into the main draw (if he does actually decide to play with torn ankle ligaments). I've written a blog post on this subject on my website, which you may feel free to promote, thank you very much! --Steven Zynszajn, New York

Nadal tops men's seedings for U.S. Openupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 12:01:00

World number one Rafael Nadal has been handed the top seeding for next month's U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. Bruce Jenkins: Worst may be yet to come for American tennisupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:17:00

As last week's Legg Mason tournament in Washington D.C. staggered to a connoisseurs-only conclusion, we heard a familiar lament: Where are the Americans, with all that hard-court talent? To me, this was the more pressing question: If Andy Roddick is about to vacate his post as the No. 1 U.S. player, where will we find the panache?

Simon stuns 'lethargic' Roddick as U.S. stars crash in Washingtonupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 12:38:00

Three-time champion Andy Roddick has equaled his earliest exit at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic as American title hopes evaporated in Washington.

Marathon man Isner gains Wimbledon revenge; Roddick breezes throughupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 07:00:00

Marathon man John Isner gained revenge at the hands of his Wimbledon conqueror Thiemo De Bakker after knocking the Dutchman out of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Pat Cash profiles Tomas Berdychupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 07:00:00

World Number 8 Tomas Berdych is profiled by Pat Cash and is asked where has he improved his Tennis? Bruce Jenkins: Has Fish surpassed Roddick as America's best tennis player?updated: Wed Jul 28 2010 08:13:00

With the U.S. Open only a few weeks away, Mardy Fish might be the best tennis player in America -- a pretty sweet notion if you've been among his loyal fans all these years.

Fish fights back to net Atlanta titleupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 10:21:00

American Mardy Fish claimed his second successive tournament victory, extending his winning run to 10 matches in the process, with a hard-fought three-set triumph over compatriot John Isner in the final of the Atlanta Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Lean Fish nets final place after ousting Roddick in Atlantaupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 11:19:00

In-form Mardy Fish upset top seed Andy Roddick to ensure an all-American final for the second year in a row at the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Jon Wertheim: Fifty parting shots from Wimbledonupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:40:00

We were considering expanding our random ruminations to 68-70 items. But fatigue has set in, so herewith, 50 thoughts on a strange Wimbledon ...

Marathon man Isner at it again in Atlantaupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 12:27:00

Marathon man John Isner survived another epic on his return to competitive tennis after his record-breaking 11-hour Wimbledon match. Bruce Jenkins: Federer's tear-down process begins in earnestupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 14:09:00

A few years ago at Wimbledon, during the peak of his reign, Roger Federer admitted that he liked to read the newspapers. He'd get up nice and early in London and buy a stack, just to see what was being written about him.

Isner reflects on 'crazy' match which did not want to endupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 06:56:00

John Isner says his 11-hour match at Wimbledon against Nicolas Mahut was "absolutely crazy" and at one point he thought it might never end.

John Isner: 'I didn't think it would end'updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 06:56:00

Tennis player John Isner talks to CNN's Richard Lui about his record breaking Wimbledon match against Nicolas Mahut. Jon Wertheim: No explanation for Venus' titanic defeat; Serena eyeing 13th majorupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 14:07:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three thoughts from the women's quarterfinals at the All England Club on Tuesday: Jon Wertheim: Heartbreak continues for Roddick; plus Battle of Belgium and moreupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 13:41:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three thoughts from the opening day of Week 2 at Wimbledon: Isner vs. Mahut (Related Stories)updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 11:39:00

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut stories from the SI Vault Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon Midterm Gradesupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 15:08:00

We've had a match that ended 70-68 in the fifth set, a near upset of Roger Federer, a visit by the Queen, and a spitting incident. Otherwise it was a slow first week at the All England Club. Herewith, our midterm marks, graded on the USC Athletic Department curve.

Isner 'hates to lose'updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 21:17:00

John Isner's former tennis coach talks about Isner's training and his place in tennis history.

Marathon man Isner slips to weary defeatupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:57:00

Marathon man John Isner was knocked out in straight sets in his second round match at Wimbledon on Friday by Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker. Jon Wertheim:Projecting Isner's future; Henin's promising presentupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 13:24:00

Three quick thoughts from the first sane day of Wimbledon 2010:

Isner claims epic win; Nadal survives scareupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 18:02:00

The longest match in tennis history finished on day four of the Wimbledon Championships as American John Isner finally beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70 games to 68 in their epic five set first round match. American John Isner Wins Longest Match in Tennis Historyupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 17:13:00

The Tampa native finally prevails in his over 11-hour first-round Wimbledon match Jon Wertheim: It's hard to express the sheer awesomeness of Isner vs. Mahutupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 16:39:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Five thoughts after an unbelievable marathon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut:

Wimbledon match 'more than oustanding'updated: Thu Jun 24 2010 14:58:00

Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri talks about the epic Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

The sporting contests that never endedupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 14:58:00

You can only imagine what they felt like when the woke up the next morning. Jon Wertheim: Q&A on Isner-Mahut conclusionupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 13:08:00

WIMBLEDON, England-- caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim after the conclusion of John Isner's 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 win over Nicolas Mahut. The first-round battle took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days -- the longest match in tennis history.

Isner and Mahut in world record marathon tennis matchupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 12:25:00

John Isner of the United States and his French opponent Nicolas Mahut made tennis history at Wimbledon on Wednesday as they contested the longest grand slam singles match of all time -- and it is still to be finished. Bruce Jenkins: Isner, Mahut staging most amazing first-rounder in Grand Slam historyupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 19:12:00

The Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut is so improbable, so thoroughly preposterous, one searches for comparisons. Suffice it to say that the fifth set of last year's classic Wimbledon final -- Roger Federer over Andy Roddick, 16-14 -- looks rather paltry just now.

Wimbledon match reaches epic proportions -- and it's not over yetupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 18:21:00

An early round tennis match between American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon reached epic status Wednesday -- lasting 10 hours before play was suspended because of darkness. Frank Deford: Future looks increasingly dim for American tennisupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 18:14:00

As the championship continues far from home, with the United States trying to impress the world ... Jon Wertheim: Q&A on Isner-Mahut matchupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 18:10:00 caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim after the suspension of the John Isner-Nicolas Mahut match at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Play was suspended with the players tied at 59-59 in the fifth set. It is the longest match in tennis history at 10 hours, including 7 hours, 6 minutes in the fifth set alone. Meet America's Hottest Tennis Hunksupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 13:57:00

These guys are rocking their rackets at this week's 2010 Wimbledon Championships

Murray and Roddick overcome delays to reach round three in Parisupdated: Thu May 27 2010 17:37:00

Fourth seed Andy Murray battled through frustrating rain delays to book his place in the third round of the French Open on Thursday night, while American star Andy Roddick also reached the last 32.

Djokovic beats Isner in marathon as Serbia reach last eightupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 08:46:00

World number two Novak Djokovic beat John Isner in a grueling four hour 16 minute encounter to secure Serbia's passage into the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday.

United States battle back in Davis Cupupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 07:56:00

Bob Bryan and John Isner kept the United States in their Davis Cup tie with Serbia after they claimed victory over Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic in Belgrade on Saturday. Bruce Jenkins: No end in sight to historical drought for American men's playersupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 15:03:00

When it comes to the appeal of American men's tennis, there is no set standard for the public. Over the course of the Open Era, we've embraced class (Arthur Ashe), petulance (Jimmy Connors), combustible genius (John McEnroe), rock stardom (Andre Agassi) and the monotonous (Pete Sampras). So I guess I should be excited that two young players -- any two -- are simultaneously on the rise after so much negative conversation.

Lung infection sidelines world number one Federerupdated: Sun Feb 21 2010 19:59:00

World number one Roger Federer is suffering from a lung infection and has pulled out of this week's $2 million ATP tournament in Dubai. Jon Wertheim: Serena, Djoker still the picks, more mailupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 14:45:00

Now that the Aussie Open is reaching the halfway point, time to revise your picks. Of those left standing, who's going to reach the semis and the finals? --Scott Freeman, Atlanta, Ga.

Federer cruises past Spain's Montanesupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 11:15:00

Roger Federer booked his place in the last 16 of the Australian Open after a routine straight sets win over Spain's Albert Montanes on Saturday to set up a match with home favourite Lleyton Hewitt. Jon Wertheim: Write-for-Haiti, Isner's mystery seed, more mailupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 12:18:00

Will you organize a write-for-Haiti in the same spirit as the fine practice session organized by the tennis pros? Can't see a good reason you wouldn't want to. --Thomas Richter, San Francisco, Calif.

Tennis stars raise funds for Haiti victimsupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 14:42:00

Sports superstar Roger Federer has organized a charity event to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, as the tennis world rallies to contribute to the cause. Jon Wertheim: Ten Things I Think I Thinkupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 14:44:00

1. If there's not outright parity in the men's game, we're a long way from the days when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were combining to win 17 of 18 majors titles. Federer's flame, understandably, has lost some intensity; and Nadal has suffered in both body and spirit. It was Juan Martin del Potro who won the 2009 U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic who was the MVP of the fall, and Nikolay Davydenko who won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Look for the democratization of the men's game to continue in 2010. Jon Wertheim: Fans use Tiger scandal to extol Federerupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 15:49:00

Preliminary programming note for our off-season 'Bag this week. We'll hold our annual Baggies Awards ceremony for 2009 next week. And 60 Minutes will be shown immediately following the game, except on the West Coast where it will air at its regularly scheduled time. Jon Wertheim: Exhibitions a problem of perceptionupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 15:00:00

Are you really equating a couple of sets of exhibition tennis to the demands of a long tour season? -- Henry Brito, Atlanta

Roddick out in five-set thriller; Federer fends off Hewittupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 08:08:00

Fifth seed Andy Roddick was knocked out of the U.S. Open on Saturday by unseeded American John Isner in a five-set, nearly four-hour thriller at Flushing Meadows. Jon Wertheim: Summer of close calls for Roddickupdated: Sun Sep 06 2009 19:18:00

Maybe Andy Roddick hasn't recovered as well as we all think from his loss at Wimbledon. Look at the losses he has had since then. He lost two tight matches to Juan Martin del Potro, in Washington, D.C., and Montreal. I think the one in D.C. ended in a third-set tiebreak. He lost to Sam Querrey in Cincinnati in two tiebreak sets and now to John Isner in a fifth-set tiebreak. I get the feeling when things get close in the end, he just doesn't have the confidence to pull it out. What do you think of his losses? -- Beth D., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Roddick powers on with 500th winupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 10:33:00

Andy Roddick joined a select group with his 500th career win on the ATP Tour as he dispatched fellow American Sam Querrey in their third round match at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. Jon Wertheim: Australian Open men's seed reportupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 11:12:00's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the Australian Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to keep an eye on and his predicted winners. Richard Deitsch: As usual, the U.S. Open provides the unexpectedupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 06:06:00

NEW YORK -- Whether it's Damir Dokic getting thrown off the grounds for creating a row over the price of salmon or Maria Sharapova telling a room full of writers that her life was not about a banana, each U.S. Open provides a handful of moments of strange and unexpected theatre. Yesterday was such a day, though it was the tennis that left you bewildered and drained. Richard Deitsch: First week at U.S. Open filled with soundbitesupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 02:02:00

With Labor Day upon us, we decided to let the players do the work today. Here is the story of the first week of the U.S. Open, as told by the men and women at play: Jon Wertheim: On Isner, tennis coaches and night playupdated: Sun Sep 02 2007 06:44:00

Is John Isner good for tennis? I remember when Mark Philippoussis came around and he had the huge serve but he also had bombs on his forehand. Isner, in my opinion, only has a serve. If you look at his last 10 matches or so, there are a lot of sets that were won at 7-6 indicating that this guy can only hold serve and that is it. What are your thoughts on the rest of his game? -- Mark, Ottawa

Federer answers wild card threatupdated: Sun Sep 02 2007 06:04:00

World number one Roger Federer answered the threat of big-serving U.S. giant John Isner to join top challengers Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko and James Blake in the US Open fourth round on Saturday. Jon Wertheim: What we've learned at U.S. Openupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 04:45:00

Here are five things we've learned as the first week of the U.S. Open wraps up: Richard Deitsch: Giant man -- and server -- Isner's time is now at Openupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 00:44:00

NEW YORK -- These are heady times for a 22-year-old whose head stands above nearly everyone at the U.S. Open.

Holder Federer begins bid in styleupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 03:46:00

Top seed Roger Federer began his bid for a fourth consecutive U.S. Open title with a nonchalant 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over American qualifier Scoville Jenkins in the first round on Monday. Justin Gimelstob: Isner, Querrey, Young make solid trio of U.S. hopefulsupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 00:48:00

As American tennis fans, we've been spoiled by the long line of men's champions our country has produced. But it's been awhile since one of our own has broken through -- the last American Grand Slam champ was Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open in 2003. Jon Wertheim: Is the ATP's gambling episode as bad as it sounds?updated: Tue Aug 07 2007 22:35:00

Open the Mailbag boasting about how clean tennis is, and look at what you get: "As the NBA grapples with a betting scandal, tennis must now confront a potential gambling scam of its own. Officials on Friday were investigating suspicious betting patterns on a match involving top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, who retired with an injury against a low-ranked opponent at an ATP tournament in Poland." -- Jim Bartle, Huaraz, Peru The Monday Awards: UK snubs UMass, potential draft crybabies, JHU lax updated: Mon May 28 2007 21:40:00

Welcome to this week's delayed edition of the Monday Awards, where showing up fashionably late is way too early for Paris Hilton, and Ashley Judd is a bigger Indiana fan than Kentucky fan, for once.

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