American John Isner is consdered by some to be an outside shot for a medal at the Olympic Games. And the 10th seeded American was in fine form in his opening match against Belgian Olivier Rochus
Isner hit 24 aces in the 7-6(1), 6-4 win that lasted 74 minutes.
“It’s very special; it’s such an honour to be here at the Olympics to represent our team and to represent our country. After the match, when I won, there was a nice ‘USA’ chant going on and it really kind of gives you chills.” Isner said.
Rochus commented, “I think [John] played really good in the tie-break. I couldn’t break him, he was just serving bombs all over the place.”
Isner will next meet Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 7-6(10), 4-6, 6-3.
Jaziri is the only African player in the mens draw this year.