John Isner feels a lot of admiration towards Andy Roddick. They spent a lot of years on the Tour together and have been an inspiration each other to improve. ‘When I first came on tour he was the No.
1 American for so many years’, Isner said. ‘Someone that I aspired to be like and wanted to try to beat as many times as I possibly could. I was able to do that a few times I think. He did such an incredible job of being the top-ranked American for so long.
Very underrated in my opinion, because he went up against Roger (Federer) so many times. Andy’s career was absolutely incredible. And he’s also a good friend and someone that I speak to periodically as well about tennis and a lot of stuff not about tennis; fantasy baseball, whatever it is.
So we get along very well.’ Roddick lost three Grand Slam finals against Federer, including 2009 Wimbledon final when the American was up two sets to love. Isner also spoke about how it felt playing the Laver Cup in September: ‘It’s fun to play, always fun to play in a team event.
So as far as everyone on our team, I knew very well. Maybe I guess Diego (Schwartzman) I didn’t know quite as well but I knew he was going to be a lot of fun to be around, and sure enough he was. But everyone else on the team, I’ve always got along with really well and we had a lot of fun.’ ALSO READ: Maria Sharapova reveals how tennis keeps her motivated .