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Isner's Whirlwind Monte-Carlo Trip

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Isner© AFP/Getty ImagesJohn Isner's stay in Monte-Carlo proved short-lived.

After a whirlwind trip from Houston, a jet-lagged John Isner conceded he didn’t have enough gas in the tank to hold off Ernests Gulbis on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Isner celebrated his first clay-court title on Sunday at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship and then made the quick turnaround, flying business class to Nice with a layover in London, to try out his form on European clay.

The American won the opening set before running out of steam in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 defeat.

“I was a little tired,” he admitted. “That’s to be expected. But at the same time, I won the first set. I think it was 2-all or something and I just sort of fell apart. I went to sleep for a good bit, and it was a little too late to come back.”

The loss didn’t dampen Isner’s spirits. He shared that he was finally “back to where I’d like to be” after an injury factored into a mediocre start to his season. 

“I feel like I’ve turned that corner,” he said. “I’m starting to play better so I’ll keep doing what I'm doing. I’m feeling good about what the rest of this year has in store for me. It’s exciting. Anytime you win a tournament, ATP tournament, you’re going to have to beat some good players, and that’s what I did last week, so it’s real encouraging.”

Isner will be flying back to the U.S. and plans to return in a few weeks for the Mutua Madrid Open. “I’m looking forward to the rest of this clay court season. I’m going to go home though now, quick trip,” he said with a smile, “and rest and train and then come back over.”

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