Isner projected to fall out of Top 20

by: Matt Cronin | March 09, 2013

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After losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of Indian Wells, it is projected that American John Isner will fall out of the Top 20 when the new rankings are released a week from Monday. Isner, who reached the final of Indian Wells last year, is 6-6 on the season and has only beaten one player inside the Top 30.

While he praised former No. 1 Hewitt, the 27-year-old was sullen after the defeat. He said he didn’t feel any pressure defending his runner-up points from last year, but conceded that his season has been “not great so far.”

“I just need to play better, he said. “I have certainly played some very good matches in my career.  You know, if I want to be up there with the best players I’ve gotta be better. I know I have it in me. It’s just a matter of it coming out … The margins are really thin for a player like myself, and I guess so far things just aren’t quite going my way … But try to continue to be positive.”

Isner added that being the top-ranked American isn’t always easy.

“I just felt more comfortable early on in a tournament [when] the light’s not on me all the time. It’s a little bit tough. But I’d rather be in this position than not. I guess I have a little taste of how these guys always on stadium feel.”

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